What Does It Take to Fashion a Pearl?

Pearl in Oyster
Think of the water it takes,
Pulled by the moon and the tides,
To wash through the bowels of an oyster
In order to make a white pearl.

How many drops of water relinquish,
Called back to the clouds by the sun,
Then falls yet again in swells of the ocean,
Transformed by surrender and time?

How many times is it changed into vapor?
How many drops fall down to the sea?
How does it soothe flesh of the oyster—
One grain of sand at the center of pain?

How many times are we broken by nature,
One tear on the cheek as we fade into death?
How many times do we pass into Spirit
Until finally the pearl we become?

What is hidden in pools of your body?
What of the luminous mist in your lungs?
How many tears on the face of the world
Before healing transforms in an ocean of love?

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