you scramble to pick them up while knowing
that many are simply unrecognizable shards
(pottery from some long-forgotten civilization)
It is difficult to know to which plate or cup
they belong and even if you did figure it out
would you know how to reassemble them?
My dad made this pot when I was young and it is one of my favorites.
* * *
And everyone needs a parachute person
from time to time.