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PoetryView _ Handle With Care

Poetry View
by Sam Pierstorff

Handle With Care

When love arrived on our doorstop
in a box wrapped in plain brown
delivered by a man in the same color,
we shook it—its tiny pieces rattling
like popcorn kernels in an iron skillet.

The directions were in Mandarin and French.
We spoke neither. I retrieved the toolkit,
the hammer and nails, the long
screwdriver with the plus sign at the tip.

You grabbed a towel, worried
about the mess I would soon make.
But you were patient, like a scrub nurse,
handing me parts and holding
your palm open for the pieces I gave back.

It took hours, and sure, there were screams,
but it was finally built: love. We made it.

And each night, as we reassemble it,
we discover what else it can do and learn
about the parts we have forgotten to use.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.