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Poem: "Of Pearls and Nonpearls"

This poem came out of the June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by janetmiles.  The featured terms come from the womanlanguage Láadan, constructed by Suzette Haden Elgin (ozarque).

Of Pearls and Nonpearls

A pearl is a thing of beauty
built up layer by layer
inside the shell of an oyster
until all is smooth again,
and the word for that is nem.

A nonpearl is a thing of ugliness,
built up layer by layer
within an unenlightened soul,
a festering hatred to which one pays attention,
and the word for that is ranem.

Both begin with an irritant,
but the results are very different,
so when you are making things
consider whether you are
adding layers of treasure or torment.

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eseme From: eseme Date: June 8th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, this one hits hard.

I've got to share this with someone.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 8th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes, please!

People are encouraged to share the published poems. I'm glad you found this so touching.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: June 12th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thought-provoking. Thank you!!
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