Quoted on Criminal Minds

Last night I was quoted on the show Criminal Minds on CBS. In the final moments of the show, Penelope García says the following line.

“‘When wounds are healed by love / The scars are beautiful.’ David Bowles.”

The words are from “Kintsukuroi,” a poem from my collection Shattering and Bricolage, which is available for purchase on Amazon and elsewhere.

Such a delight to hear my poetry on TV!

Here’s the poem in its entirety:


Like a hammer deliberate
Or careless, jostling child,
Life tumbles us
From safe, oblivious heights
To smash to shards
And scattering dust.

Yet, though shattered,
We may have the fortune
To feel warm, compassionate hands
Collect the fragile fragments
Of our broken selves.

With care that glitters brighter
Than even the purest gold,
They join the misshapen bits together
Leaving a webbing fretwork
Of shimmering seams
That forever remind us—

When wounds are healed by love,
The scars are beautiful.

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