Suddenly, a grain of sand invades an oyster,

peacefully lying in the depths of the oceans,

unhappy a route accident.

Then, in order to protect itself from irritation,

oyster quickly covers uninvited visitor with layers

and layers of nacre, mineral by which is fashioned

its internal shell.

The grain of sand gains a fine coat, what performs

iridescent and stunning a pearl.

Some route accidents like this permeate our lives,

on unexpected days and by unexpected intruders.

Perhaps by a similar way we have made our pearls:

–memorable statues, symphonies and sonnets–


Published in Indiana Voice Journal, August 2016 issue.

Published in Algebra of Owls, September 11, 2016.



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