Cornered by names and dates
Birthstone is granite,

Without ornament,
A fastness

Emptied of time,
But filled with hollow.

By custom, kill a ram
And spill its life

Over the foundation
In celebration,

Measure the shadow
Of a stranger

And bury it underneath
Like a soul.

By such adornment
Mark us present.




Inspired by dVerse Poetics: Birthstone

41 thoughts on “Birthstone

      1. I’m not into birthstones and birth signs. I’ve always said that I was conceived under this sign: “Please keep off the grass. Park closes at Sunset.” Birth rock… birthstone. Either way.

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