Glass, or: Pearls

Poetry Partners #114

‘She is like glass’ (for my daughter), a poem by Sean Mathews of ‘seanmathews.blog’

She is like glass
I see through her
Tough and fragile
Transparent daughter

When we touch
Strong and slim
Like porcelain
Of silk smooth skin

And she shines
Bright as day
Prism of lifeโ€™s
Vital ray

A glowing spark
Lit to shower
A reflective heart
For sharing power

She is like glass
Shaped and formed
Shining beauty
Unadorned

I see in her
A future bright
I see crystal
I see light

A golden shovel in sevenling form by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

I read Sean's poem to her and ask what she
is made of; she giggles and responds that she is
of pearls, emeralds, and rubies, not like...

Well, certainly not like glass;
crystal; or porcelain, she smiles, sweet mouth shaped
like a gummy candy sparkling with sugar and...

I wonder... How are our word associations formed?

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


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25 thoughts on “Glass, or: Pearls”

  1. Thank you David. I love the idea of her seeing herself like pearls, emeralds and rubies. I will ask her just this question. The word associations and meanings we apply are so often subject to different interpretations. Such is the beauty of writing and poetry. For the record, she is now a 30yo woman with an independent life who continues to delight me so โ€ฆโ€ฆ

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