Beauty Of Imperfection

Hard shelled,
Smoothed by many currents, many tides,
Buffing it with all that sand
As waves cycle through,
A cool fleshy lump of life
Lifts a finger
To get the weather report
On the motion of the seas;
Lifts a hand to grab morsels
From the smorgasbord passing by.
And deep within the briny, sweet pulp
A tiny blemish enters,
Creating a dimple
In its silken, delicate skin.
And that seed of sand -
Like the pea under the princess's mattress -
The oyster worries,
Turning and turning it,
Bathing it in tears,
Coating it with slime,
Layer upon layer of pain and angst,
Rubbing it like worry beads
Until it is polished to a fine luster,
And now this irritant emerges: a pearl.

In a lifetime ofimperfections
Can we make even a single pearl?

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Such a fine imagery you created by digging deeper on the essence of beauty in imperfection...Very nice! 10+++
Turning and turning it, Bathing it in tears, Coating it with slime, Layer upon layer of pain and angst, Rubbing it like worry beads.. making a single pearl from imperfections........... great idea that you are spreading. for all those who are not very confident about their own creations, your poem will give them new energy..... tha nk u dear poetess. tony
Wonderful poem about the creative process. Good to read you again.
Breathtaking, a poetic gem.
a pleasure to read and treasure
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