The Puzzle

The Puzzle

Deborah Beach Giordano
© January 12, 2010

For Christmas
just for fun
I received a jigsaw puzzle,
the theme
was Noah’s Ark.

The colors
are bright,
the illustrations charming,
like pictures
from a nursery story.

It isn’t easy:
there are
a thousand tiny pieces,
and the pattern
is quite intricate.

The process
of assembly
is time consuming,
and requires
close attention.

The project
enthralls me,
and I work on it
a little bit
every day.

I built
the ark first;
but not from any
consideration –

it was easiest;
the color
was all the same
and the pattern
matched up readily.

The rest,
is more complicated;
bringing the animals together
is like herding ants.

The landscape
with life;
every inch
is inhabited.

The trees
birds and bees,
and a suspiciously
fat and indolent snake.

At night,
I find myself
of the puzzle.

The pieces
fall into place,
and everything’s together
just right.

In the morning
the puzzle
greets me
in its scattered beauty,
still unsolved.

Today I finished
most of trees,
and the pond
along the bottom;
and filled in all the fish.

Like God
in the days of Creation;
I’ve separated
the land
from the water …

And now
I’m working on
the people
who will be saved,
Noah and his family.

As a touch
of whimsy,
the artist added
three dinosaurs
lurking in a corner –

nearby two men
run toward them,
waving their arms;
determined to chase
the beasts away.

I should take a break;
maybe I’ve been
staring at the picture
too long:

like a Magic Eye illustration,
when an image is revealed
when you look at it
a certain way.

But what I see
stands out a mile;
an eternal truth
hidden in plain sight
in crayon-bright colors.

As it was
from the beginning
is now
and shall be
always …

By what we choose
and how we act
we humans decide
which animals live or die
on the ark we’re all aboard.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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