JIGSAW

A poem by Luke Wright, presenting a beautifully truthful and progressive metaphor for marriage. Illustrated by Adam Batchelor.

A marriage is a boxless jigsaw puzzle
no guiding image and no guarantee
that pieces aren’t astray, no warranty.
Some soon decide it isn’t worth the trouble
when slotting parts together is no longer
enough. Some never see the bigger picture.
But patient couples, willing just to sit there
will find their intuition growing stronger;
until at last they know which fragments fit
and which to lay aside for later on.
They help each other find the missing parts,
piece dreams together; side by side they sit.
And if there are rules, they follow only one:
complete the frame, then work towards the heart.



'Jigsaw' was published in Popshot's 6th issue, The Love Issue, which has now sold out. To ensure that you never miss a future issue of the print magazine, subscribe from just £10 a year.