Limestone, marble, chalk or this spiralled
skeleton, spun in crystal sheets, pearl lids
covering the softest insecurities and from
these mineral beginnings, a form
of delicate complexity surprises itself
but unseen, its beauty is harled, is left
concealed in crevices, its journey coursed
from pulling silent undertow to scoured
by grit and tide, unfurrowed and littering
the shore. We seize the pearly glitter in
our hands; each one a death, each one a united
purpose finished. It begins again – the bonds untied.
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