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For a Rare Pearl on Her Birthday

November 28, 2017

For Grethel* on Her Birthday

Words waiting to coat the tongue

evaporate when a conch pearl’s inner

flame lights the eye. The brilliance

of her spark often hides in pretty-pretty

pink porcelain, a camouflage coat

that only seems fragile. Each year

in this other home lays a crystal layer,

fine and strong, around her heart,

building on the ones before, letting

her heal and grow and change until

she sees herself as the gift

she has always been.

 

- Lydia K. Valentine 

 

* Grethel means “pearl”, and rare conch pearls are found in Honduras.

 

 

Para Grethel en Su Cumpleaños

Palabras esperando para cubrir la lengua

evaporarse cuando el interior de una perla de caracol

la llama ilumina el ojo. La brillantez

de su chispa a menudo se esconde en bonita-bonita

porcelana rosa, un abrigo de camuflaje

eso solo se ve frágil. Cada año

en este otro hogar pone una capa de cristal,

fino y fuerte, alrededor de su corazón,

construyendo sobre los anteriores, dejando

su curación y crecer y cambiar hasta

ella se ve a sí misma como el regalo

ella siempre ha sido.

 

- Lydia K. Valentine 

 

* Grethel significa "perla" y se encuentran perlas de concha en Honduras.

 

 

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