My garage door is old, and ugly, dented, and scratched,
marred beyond repair
Most people probably would just replace it with a shiny, perfect new one,
But I choose to do something else,
I’m going to paint it and see what happens.
My poor old garage door, so dented and scratched, so scarred
As I paint it, I realise it’s a perfect metaphor for me
Showing its age, significantly damaged by another,
And behind that door lies an enormous mess
Not of my making, left for me to clean.
As I lay down the coats of paint
Her beauty returns, slowly with each stroke
I can see what she could be
But I can still see what she has been,
Deeply dented and scarred through no fault of her own.
One coat, and I have to ask myself
Is this a joke, this door is old, this door is damaged and ugly
No amount of make up is going to hide all those dents – get a new one, fool –
And all that age – everyone will still see,
And that mess is still behind that door.
But I persevere, I lovingly stroke on the second coat,
Slowly and evenly, applying new color
and bringing out new life in that old door,
and I swear, it’s smiling at me, and it’s saying
thank you, it took you long enough.
And stepping back to inspect my work,
I realise that impossible mess that lies just behind this door
The one that I did not make, there are things of interest in there
And it is mine to own, mine to clean,
And it’s not as impossible as I thought.
She’s beautiful yet, I find, admiring her top to bottom, side to side,
I see her potential shine through again,
I realise that there is even beauty, in those dents and scars,
Indeed, to me, those unrepaired freshly painted scars are the most interesting thing about her,
They are what I appreciate most, what make her beauty unique.
She is old, she hides dark and shameful secrets,
But she is still fully functional, she still does all I need her to do,
She is still capable of beauty, of sharing a smile, a little fragment of joy,
Look what I can still do, she says to the world,
And most of the world smiles back, and doesn’t even see the dents and scars.