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

Just 44 words for De's quadrille prompt: Stone

50 Comments on “the ring

  1. This is the gem: Green-eyed as a jealous god. That cofinned earth strikes fear and awe.

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  2. 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.

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  3. Poignant in its sentiment and written with great skill. Again my condolences to you for losing your loved one.

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  4. 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,”
    💙

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  5. I loved the tenderness expressed in your poem. The gem will forever bind.

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  6. The emotions symbolized by the stone–that is the binding agent. The spirit speaks through your words. (K)

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

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  8. 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.

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