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Persian Flaws

April 21, 2010

This poem is in response to
NaPoWriMo #21: Perfectly Flawed
April 21st, 2010
by the Read Write Poem Staff

Today’s prompt is from Read Write Poem member Kristen McHenry:

“In ancient times, Persian rug makers were deeply religious and believed that only God could make something perfect. They would deliberately drop in a small faulty stitch, a flaw, into each Persian rug. In doing so, a ‘Persian Flaw’ revealed the rug maker’s devotion to God.” — Karel Weijand

Write a poem about flaws and perfection in yourself or in nature or write about how you feel about being imperfect or perfect.

Persian Flaws

In my life,
are many flawed,
examples of thoughts,
words,
deeds,
each a petit mal,
encapsulated in the grand scheme,
of my being.

Am I…
Smart enough?
Tall enough?
Nose and teeth straight?
What about my weight?
Too thin? Too fat?

Can I…
Keep a secret?
Be a good friend?
Lover?
Husband?
Father?
Am I dependable,
Or will I break your heart?

I used to be flawed,
Enough to think,
I knew the answers,
To these questions.
Now, I know I don’t.

I am an unfinished
-vessel,
A work in progress,
God alone knows,
My potential,
My possibilities,
My truth,
My destiny.

All will be revealed,
-but not in this life,
Or on my time frame;
I am content with that.

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