Thursday, August 15, 2019


It's all the daily floating
irritations in your eye 

which blind you to the beauty 
you may somehow yet be 
making from their shavings

for the sake of a beholder
whose tastes and purpose
your nervous system 
was never built to imagine.

What is a pearl anyway
but thankless work
done in secret around some 

a little tenderness, perhaps 
over time growing
too unwieldy for the oyster.