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Poem: "The Matchsmith's Challenge" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Matchsmith's Challenge"

This poem came out of the June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from stonetalker.  It was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


The Matchsmith's Challenge


It was always a challenge
to match gems and metals.

Diamond was fussy
and would only go with gold.

Sapphire preferred silver
and outright clashed with copper.
So did amethyst.

Copper was best for
smoky brown garnets
and the burnt orange tanzanites.

Emerald was a favorite,
the life of the party,
always willing to pair up with anyone --
gold or silver or copper.

Forgotten on the wall,
quicksilver fluttered up and down
with the temperature,
enclosed by the quiet clarity of silica.

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