How important it was
When I offer you the jigsaws in their faded boxes,
I won’t tell you when I bought them,
or what they taught me.
How important it was then
to find the straight edges and build a frame,
to bring order out of chaos.
How many people sat alone,
absorbed in joining small cardboard shapes together
until they made a picture.
I’ll let you discover for yourself, as I did,
that you mustn’t force two pieces
if they don’t fit sweetly,
that when you get stuck today,
tomorrow things will fall into place.
There were times when I thought
a piece must belong to a different puzzle,
but in the end, it always fitted in.
I learnt that if it makes no sense one way,
it helps to turn it upside down.
I learnt the pleasure of small victories,
And that patience really is a virtue.
I’m hoping though,
that when I offer you the jigsaws,
you’ll consider them, then shake your head.
Because by then – surely this will be true –
there will be so many other things
that you can do.