Humpty Dumpty

Author | Nishtha Kapuria

We could not have known
How this would end
Because all the king’s horses
And all the king’s men

And none of our conviction
What we’d lend, what we’d bend
Could ever put us
Back together again

With the spring so bright
And the summer so warm
How could we predict
With no sign of a storm?

And the colours only grow
Brighter through fall
Then one day, without notice
The cold kills them all


But we should have known
That our winter was near
Time only moves forward
But we stood fools in our fear

I know that I pushed us
But you never caught us
And so down we fell
And soon the world taught us


That all the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Would never put us
Back together again

We sat on a wall
That was just too damn high
We had a great fall
We were unprepared to survive

And all the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Could never put us
Back together again


We were founded on a dream
And I never touched the ground
And what you were looking for
I don’t think you ever found

I put you on a pedestal
Made you something you never were
And you were happy in your delusions
Happy to be lost in the blur

Higher and higher
We climbed up shaky rocks
We were pushing our luck
We were pushing the clock

But we knew this was right
So where did it go wrong?
It’s all we thought we knew
That blinded us all along


Because we should have known
That really we know nothing
Time only moves forward
We thought Time was bluffing

I know that I loved you
Even as the leaves were dying
So when down we fell
I thought maybe we were flying


But all the king’s horses
And none of my attempts
Would ever put us
Back together again

We sat on a wall
That was too damn high
We had a great fall
We never could have survived

And all the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Could never put us
Back together again


Thank goodness they never
Put us back together again



Because we were built to break
This was meant to fall apart
To make me who I am
God gave me you to break my heart

I thought I was on the right path
And I was right all along
We’re always where we’re meant to be
It’s just our understanding that’s wrong


Because time only moves forward
And I should have remembered
What comes after winter
I would have run there faster


So all the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Never put us
Back together again

Because the King told his horses
And the King told his men
“This is not
Where their story ends.”


About the Author | Nishtha Kapuria was born in India and raised in Texas and is a third year at the University of Texas at Austin studying Marketing, Plan II Honors, and Communication Studies. She served as the marketing director of Students Expanding Austin Literacy, the publicity chair for Texas Traditions with Campus Events + Entertainment, and on the publicity committee of Texas THON, a part of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. She also works as a freelance artist manager and as a senior brand ambassador on her campus. With all that craziness, she needs writing and recently started a writer's blog (ourtimeinrhyme.wordpress.com) where she posts poems that reflect on current events because she wants to do her part in speaking up about the injustices we are facing in our world. She started writing several years ago for fun but since then it has become her escape and a way for her to express herself.