Synkroniciti is happy to welcome back poet Joan Leotta from North Carolina with “I Bet Some Thought It Was Broken,” a poem about friendship, time, and communication. So much in life depends on our perception, and frequently our perception is wrong, especially when we pronounce something broken–be it a shower door, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter lost on the red planet, or a friendship. Joan uses language artfully, taking advantage of double meanings and carefully constructed metaphor to make delightful connections. “Turns out, rough terrain had simply blocked communications.” We make assumptions when communication stops, and habit turns those assumptions into fact, even if they are incorrect. Joan dares us to reach out, re-establish connection in our broken places. The result may be better than we expect and is definitely better than accepting misunderstanding as truth.
Read “I Bet Some Thought It Was Broken” in our September 1st issue, “Broken,” available for purchase here: https://synkroniciti.com/the-magazine/purchase-individual-issues/.
Joan Leotta plays with words on page and stage. She performs tales of food, family, and strong women. Internationally published as an essayist, poet, short story writer, and novelist, she’s a 2021 and 2022 Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net 2022 nominee, and 2022 runner-up in the Robert Frost Competition. Her essays, poems, CNF, and fiction appear in Impspired, Ekphrastic Review, Verse Visual, Verse Virtual, Gargoyle, Silver Birch, Yellow Mama, Mystery Tribune, Ovunquesiamo, Synkroniciti, MacQueen’s Quinterly and many others in US, UK, Australia, Germany, and more. Her poetry chapbooks are Languid Lusciousness with Lemon and Feathers on Stone, published by Main Street Rag.
“I love to write. This issue’s poem came to me after reuniting with a dear high school friend as described in the poem. The incident reminded me that relationships are the most important things in life.”