A Single Brick

A Single Brick

By James Glica-Hernandez



Carefully, patiently, I lay my bricks,

One on top of the other,

Building the edifice of the

Sturdy, stalwart dam.


No expectations for soaring height

Or vast breadth… at the start, at least.

As the structure grows,

So does the tragic surprise.


Each brick holds back

Another drop of truth unspoken,

Another quivering breath held tight,

Another disappointment hidden.


Avoiding a wretched, free release,

A volume of terrorizing words,

The structure of expressed agony,

These bricks hold life together unchanged.


For should these bricks fail,

Everything would be drowned out

By the thunderous weight and

Suffocating tears of separation and loss.


So, build on shall I

Toward a façade of unvanquished strength

And veiled, unending sorrow

So that others… even me… can maintain our “same.”


6 responses

  1. very well done James

  2. You put into words how I feel sometimes. Thanks for the beautiful words.

    1. Thank you, Lori. Sometimes, these words just wander through me. Big hugs, my friend. 🙂

  3. James, this is divine, words straight from above! Honestly, you are an amazing writer! I send much love.

    1. Thank you so much, Cousin! Big hugs to you! 🙂

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