The Puzzle



It’s so exciting,

when you start a new puzzle.

You don’t know what the final picture will be.

You only know what the little pictures that make it are.

As the pictures start to fill in,

you see the progress in your work.

You feel a certain satisfaction.

You want more of that feeling.

You want to finish the picture,

so you stay motivated,

placing one piece at a time.

You step back

and only one piece is missing.

One piece is left to complete your puzzle,

but where is it?

The frustration builds,

the motivation dies down,

and your puzzle is still incomplete.

You know what it should like.

You know where it should go,

but the piece is still missing.

Now the question is

how can you finish your puzzle?



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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