the ring

How paradoxical!
A seasoned setter of jewels
And no stone setting.*
Desiring other elements
Than coffined earth
Went light-bodied out
To sea. But the gem
Picked out for me
Green-eyed as a jealous god
Still binds, though it sits
Entombed in its velvet box

*within the first year after the passing of a loved one, Jewish mourners and their family gather at the graveside for a ceremony called the unveiling, the placing of the tombstone is the stone setting

Just 44 words for De’s quadrille prompt: Stone

50 thoughts on “the ring

  1. This is hauntingly enchanting, Laura: ‘Green-eyed as a jealous god’ is a wonderful description for a gem, especially one serving as grave goods. I like the idea of a sea burial as well.

  2. Oh gosh, Laura. So poignant! The tie of elements, and earth and sea.

    “But the gem
    Picked out for me
    Green-eyed as a jealous god
    Still binds,”

  3. Some things can’t be buried. I thought your quadrille was beautifully worded.

  4. I don’t know where to begin, this is so much emotion and longing and regret packed into the tiny form. Each line hits right in the gut.

feedback is food for thought....

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