On Breaking Down

On Breaking Down
On Breaking Down

On Breaking Down


A couple of weeks to break down

a week to bring some order

settle all these winter scores

clean off the chalk board


Breaking down over again

again and again I find

stable then suddenly not

this Merry-Go-Round


But most compost starts with twigs

sticks and leaf debris from Fall

surrounded by chicken wire

followed by eggshells


Place for orange peel other

nameless fruits from our fruit trees

brown bananas bring the flies

apples with one bite


Unused portion of spinach

from plates of ignored salad

vegetables forced on children

whole batch of green beans


Playing my part in breaking

this organic waste to soil

poet describes breaking down

our own entropy




Each season playing its part

Winter snow provides water

as mulch becomes thick mud

generates low heat


Many seasons many years

handfuls of dark rich soil held

by gentle hand of the Earth

back to my garden


My breakdown takes many weeks

but lasts many long seasons

as mulch becomes a thick mud

generates low heat


“Other Types of Breaking Down”

instructions on providing of list

highlighted at eye level

never ending scroll


Light syrup of apathy

constant need to fall asleep

sometimes breaking down is quiet

beach with silent tide


Each breath brings you farther down

comfort comes with every nod

when nothing else feels worthwhile

“Sleep perchance to dream”




Departure from waking life

cotton edges consume all

no need to leave these soft clouds

holding us rock still


Sometimes breaking down is loud

passionate scream to heaven

pull all the air from our lungs

heave sorrow upward


A need to break  others too

smash objects against a wall

destroy all remnants of you

remain in rubble


Fight against the dying light

consume you in hard deep sobs

time slows with your flying fist

to dig ourselves out


Part of greater entropy

where pain gives gifts of wisdom

where solitude gives insight

a return to self


Always seems to blind side us

the first day we notice soil

filter out of our compost

fertilize our crops

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Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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