Monday, 30 July 2012

Nowhereisland / The Puzzle

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the puzzle

this is an enormous jigsaw puzzle
we are all part of the same jigsaw puzzle
some pieces get old, some pieces get worn
some pieces die, as new pieces are born

the holes in the puzzle, the puzzle of the holes
the holes in the puzzle, the puzzle of the holes
the holes in the puzzle, the puzzle of the holes

we’re all puzzling the pieces of each other over
sister and brother, with one achievable goal
figuring out the holes 
in the puzzle and the puzzle in the holes
the holes in the puzzle and the puzzle in the holes

so when people die, we lose pieces
that’s why there are big holes in the jigsaw puzzle
the holes, they make the puzzle weak in some areas
and in other places they make the puzzle stronger
as pieces get together and hold on harder
hold each other, just a little longer
we are all part of the same jigsaw puzzle
and sometimes odd pieces don't seem to fit anywhere, right?
some pieces, they don’t know where they belong, yet
but you find your hole, you know, when you get there
and some pieces forget they are pieces of the jigsaw puzzle
some pieces forget they are pieces of peace

a whole piece, a hole in the peace
a piece in the hole, and a hole in the peace

holes in the puzzle, puzzle in the holes
a hole in the puzzle, puzzle in the whole hole
a piece in the peace, pieces of peace
a whole peace, whole piece

some pieces are white as snow
and other pieces are jungle trees
some pieces are all water
and others are hot and dry like the dessert
but you and me
we always knew we’d fit together
you and me, always knew, we’d fit together
and I believe that’s because
we are from the same corner of the jigsaw puzzle
at least that's how it feels 
when you and me hold hands
that’s how it is when 
I am with my friends

the holes in the puzzle, the puzzle in the holes
the holes in the puzzle, the puzzle in the whole

some parts of the puzzle are strong
some pieces find they can fit together
and hold onto each other

and did you know?
if you were on the moon and you looked down
you’d just see a half-finished jigsaw puzzle on a tea tray
next to a mug of cold tea and a plate of biscuits

the holes in the puzzle, the puzzle in the holes
the holes in the puzzle, the puzzle in the whole

above all, 
you see 
we have have lots of holes
we've got a lot of work to do

the puzzle isn’t always simple
but the reality of being a piece in the puzzle
well, that’s simple enough

its easy

if someone smiles at you, just smile back
be sure you always chat with your shopkeeper
talk about the weather at bus stops
take your time, 
take each day as it comes
be sure to seek out all the humour and tenderness
and be generous with the shape you were made
the shape you were made
the shape you were made

you have so much to offer everyone
we're all in the same jigsaw puzzle
we are all figuring the puzzle out
we are all unique and individual pieces
of this one peace
of this one big and beautiful
jigsaw puzzle.








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