Poems for the Smiling Heart

The Pearl

© Photo courtesy of Zo Alschuler

I found a small, faded pearl in a bit of quiet water

or under some thin sand.

I can’t recall.


I do remember your smile.

It pulled away the clouds

and opened up my heart’s shell.


At times

when a short wave of love flows over my mind

I wonder if the tiny pearl is inside of me.



I close my eyes

and see you in the distance,

your beckoning smile,

your guiding footsteps in the sand.


This time

I draw closer.

You open your generous hand

and offer me a shimmering pearl

so spacious

so infinitely majestic!


I take it with grateful fingers

and the world becomes whole.


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