it is a precious blessing
as we now well know
and is like a Ming vase
frailly untethered
on the back seat
as we go blindly
in an unsprung car
over bumpiness
and body
aging and breaking
with a heart prone to
and so careful be
how we drive
across cattle-grids
and pot-holes
and life
too quickly
over-taking other
well-sprung cars
as we’re prone to do
never taking in
the view
our hearts
must melt
Ming cracked vase
and health