I have held old things, in my hands.

I have held old things, broken things, disaster things, and clutched them close to my chest and inhaled them.

I have swallowed tornados, holding my chest to keep them in while they bang about my insides and take no prisoners.

I have invited them in, and so they keep coming, the disasters looking for a comfortable place to flourish and grow.

They put down roots, they plant gardens.

They make tea in the darkness and I can feel the steam rising.

They get hungry and they gnaw at the good things I have barricaded, attempting to shield them from all the disasters I welcome in.

I apologize to the mirror, fragmented as it is.

I apologize to the whole and the complete and to the things that require constant fixing.

I have held on to the old things, the broken things, because I broke them.

Brian Cook


A Short Conversation is a collection of stories, thoughts, and general musing. I like to write like I'm slamming a door; loudly, and with purpose.

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