Nacre

Pinctada is the name
of a genus of saltwater oysters.
Like most oysters,
they are sessile filter feeders
minding their own damn business
until something gets stuck in their craw. 
Perhaps a wayward grain of sand
or a fragment of a shell,
some errant particle
works its way beneath the armor
where, rather than a swift ejection,
the oyster’s defenses arrest the intruder,
imprisoning its sharp and unknown edges
in thick and milky layers of nacre,
whose smooth iridescence 
poses little threat to the oyster’s
soft and tender insides.
Pearls are not the oyster’s intention,
but simply the byproduct of uncertainty 
and the desire for self-preservation
and a low tolerance for the unfamiliar
in the places that feel most vulnerable.
I was minding my own business 
when you slipped somehow, suddenly,
beneath my shell, abrasive and unexpected.
I still don’t know how to feel about you;
I’m by turns apprehensive and elated
as you persist in searching out 
all my tenderest places.
What I do know is there’s a trail of pearls
being left, one by one, in your wake.


7/5/21

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Allison Siburg

Preaching | Coaching | Recommendations

Discover the Spirit Moving

Are you aware of your soul yearning for connection to God? Do you know there is something more to your faith than what you have found? Read these devotions and prayer practices to explore more deeply.

LUTHERAN MOXIE

"Grace" is a complete sentence.

Timothy Siburg

Thoughts on Stewardship, Leadership, Church and the Neighbor

Pastor Josh Evans

sermons, theological musings, and other ramblings of a queer lutheran pastor

Écrits du jour

Je ne parle pas français.

RevGalBlogPals

~creating community for clergywomen~

%d bloggers like this: