natural Pearl
(iridescent gemstone
created to suppress
an annoying parasite)
you blossomed to beauty.

they tried to take you,
throw you before swine,
silence you;  but
in silence
your words grew strong and powerful
and tore apart illusion.

no babbling brook this,
but raging night rain
which emancipates truth.

you spent yourself
holding a mirror up to the world.
we dare not look away.