Geode Owed an Ode

Jagged, haggard, ancient shell
concealing ornate core so well
that only time or diligence
may admit fissures, luminance,
to excavate your hollowed heart
and gaze the grandeur of your art:

meticulously rendered stone
millennia toward ages grown
from minerals to gems adored
as jasper, agate, amethyst.

Imagine all this unexplored,
with all your wondrous luster missed
- how you admonish, "Look within,"
and, "Never judge by touch or skin."

Geode Owed an Ode © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: December 18, 2019