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Mothers of Pearl

by Mary Langer Thompson


The radio voice says

pearls are scarce

on the world market.


I wear a white cross my

mother gave me cut from

oyster shells in the Holy Land.


Daniel Pearl's mother, Ruth,

sends him off, as mothers do.  He 

falls into the hands of swine.


Daniel's wife, Mariane, now

mother of a new Adam,

begs to give her life for his.


I finger the cross around my neck.

It reminds me of sacrifice and these

pure Mothers of Pearl.


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