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Friday, May 27, 2022

Pearls and snowballs

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As the biting cold numbs my nose and I find my feet deep in snow,

My mind harks back to my time in sand

When the blazing sun would turn me a different color

When the heat made me sweat from every pore on my skin

I think of the pearls I possessed back then

Carefully created with warmth and just the right pressure, I’d hold them with care before the sun

And they’d gleam joyously in the blinding sunlight 

I remember how I held my pearls close to my heart, as I traveled over the vast ocean

But somewhere along the way, they slipped right out of sight

I searched and searched, through lonely days, and lonelier nights 

But what had been made with such care had now carelessly been lost


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My mind returns to the present 

Surrounded by snow, I decide to pick some up 

With my bare hands, I make some snowballs, swiftly and without much care

They glisten under the half-hidden sun 

For a second, it all comes flashing back

The pearls and the shining light—it feels like home again 

Alas, the snowballs started melting away, much like my memories 

I lost them just like I lost my pearls— without a say in any of it

Perhaps pearls and snowballs are a lot alike

For at the end of it all, it doesn’t even matter.

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