|Temperance bearing an hourglass; detail from |
Lorenzetti's Allegory of Good Government, 1338
If only a grain of sand would enter my life today
I might pull a pearl out of it—but who knows if the day
itself is not the grain of sand which leads to life’s riches?
Do oysters try to disgorge the irritating grain
or do they wish for it, knowing that present pain can lead
to future beauty? Oh! to be an oyster for a day!
Or rather to endure—to welcome—today as it is,
in control with few surprises. Not everyone can be
tortured into creativity or productiveness.
Perhaps this time around I’m meant to rest after a past
life as a refugee or revolutionary. Or perhaps
this restfulness is calm before inconceivable storm.
For Sumana's prompt
(April is International Poetry Month.)
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