The Gift – A Nobel Prize Winner’s Personal Item: Broken Pieces

From the private effects of Nobel Prize winner: chemist, Gertrude B. Elion, a simple framed poem:

Broken Pieces

Have you ever wondered about
The perfection that you are?
Have you ever, even for one instant,
The intricate network
Of race and color,
Of beliefs through time
That it took to produce
One whole unique and sculptured
Have you ever wondered
In your quiet moments
The collection of priceless
Broken pieces
That it took to have
Here in this moment?

– Antonia JoanMarie Catherine Bernard, May 8, 1991


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