Essay heading: "The Piercing" by Christine Garren

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All these quotes from the poem are examples of what will only let "time fill [in]" (Garren, 2) for this woman. Rapidly deficient from a relationship, from a marriage, Garren uses an extended metaphor of a piercing to tell a woman's story of a hurtful separation. Her fragile, broken heart was compared to a "small piercing?as if in the earlobe" (Garren, 1)...
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Her fragile, broken heart was compared to a "small piercing?as if in the earlobe" (Garren, 1). It is apparent this woman's fragile heart has been pierced with unexpected, severe sorrow and ache. But ironically enough, this small piercing she first mentions is big enough "for a decade to fit through" (Garren, 6) implying that their relationship lasted ten years and within a small amount of time of the ten years, it was all gone...
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