Second Helpings

By John Brehm b. 1955 John Brehm
I wear my heart on my sleeve,
or rather both sleeves, since
it's usually broken.

Sometimes when I join my hands
to pray, the jagged edges
briefly touch,

like a plate that fell and cracked
apart from being asked
to hold too much.

Source: Poetry (August 1999).

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This poem originally appeared in the August 1999 issue of Poetry magazine

August 1999
 John  Brehm

Biography

John Brehm was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and educated at the University of Nebraska and Cornell University. He is the author of Sea of Faith, which won the 2004 Brittingham Prize, and Help Is on the Way (2012), winner of the Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. In the Georgia Review, Judith Kitchen praised Sea of Faith for its “unified consistency of tone and sophistication of approach,” remarking that the . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, Religion

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Metaphor

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