POETRY: Humpty Dumpty – Dr Vincent Lee

Humpty might never be whole again, but this broken piece can heal and mend


From Luke’s Journal Jan 2023  |  Vol.28 No.1  |  Evolving Professionals

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Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Humpty thought he was a bad egg.
“I must be weak to break”, he said.
He buried his pieces to hide in the dark,
Stuck in the shame of his broken mark.

But one lone piece was glowing bright
And those who gazed were filled with light.
The blind could see and the lame could walk,
Under the light that this one piece brought.

From where or whom did this light come?
For Humpty knew that he had none.
He looked to see His radiant King
And understood his suffering.

It was the King who struck him down,
To gift to him this broken crown.
There was no curse, nor malice, nor spite.
T’was all to fill him with healing light.

Humpty might never be whole again
But this broken piece can heal and mend.
Those around can sing and dance
And because of that, he can give thanks.

Dr Vincent Lee
Dr Vincent Lee is a GP with a special interest in mental health care who serves in Brisbane. He is a trainee under the Westmead Psychotherapy Program and is a practitioner of Conversational Model psychodynamic psychotherapy. This poem is a reflection on the journey Christ led him through to the vocation of psychotherapy. He gets to marvel daily at how the Lord uses his unhealed wounds as a salve for the wounded. 


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