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Rectangles of stained glass, with one broken panel
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I am made of many
different colors,
depending on the mood.
Broken and
shattered pieces
are part of my
Abstract art,
not easily understood
at first.

But when the light shines through,
I am illuminated,
creating a beautiful

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Courtney Austin is a poet incarcerated in Tennessee.