Monday, August 6, 2012

Pearls



How
   long
     does
       it
         take
           for the marrow inside the oyster
              to roll into a ball, and harden, and become a pearl?


How
  long
    does
      it
        take
          for the young fisherman
            to dive deep into the ocean, take out 
                 a hundred oysters every day and finally smile 
                              because there is a pearl inside one of them?

How
  long
    does
      it
        take
           for him to gather
               the second pearl and the third pearl
                  and the fourth pearl and the fifth pearl 
                                    and the many-hundredth pearl?

How
   long
     does
       it
         take
           for him to choose the largest 
             and the roundest and the shiniest pearls, 
               drill them, put them one by one 
                  into a delicate silk thread, and make the 
                    most beautiful necklace for the most beautiful neck?



                   And, how long does it take,
O my friend,
for that thread to break 
and for all the pearls to scatter 
in hundred different directions                                     
never to meet again?