Jigsaw Puzzles

So like the father is the son,
matching color to color,
shape to shape, with quickness and precision;
with flashes of intuition.

Surprises are interlocked
with carefully crafted solutions:
Sometimes he follows shadows to light,
or bright hues to near whites;
at other times, the mere
slippery force of gravity
pulls pairs together.

But, curiously, he does not begin with borders.

He leaves, without speaking,
those straight edges
that protect the slow-forming picture
from the chaos creeping
across the dining room table,
for another to shape and fit.

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