When we are aware that we are broken we are hard pressed to imagine we have any volition where dark hopelessness has occupied itself in our hearts. Rather, we are inclined toward moving away from, hiding, or fixing our brokenness with the validations and resources of our habits and our social systems. This poem invites the reader to see the broken parts as doorways to transformation, healing that is long overdue but has been evaded by cover ups, successful social adaptation, or efforts to move away from knowing. Knowing what? Until one has experienced the grace of healing that occurs in active surrender to one’s higher power, action takes the path toward building and managing illusions and pain. Such action is circular and futile, generating nothing new. Beginning to heal refers to the path of coming alive, perhaps for the first time.
– Rachel Magnell