Unstrung by Brenda-Lee Ranta

Perilous pearls
rest upon my collarbones
strangling me, exposed,
a pearl for each torment,
a pearl for each moment
that my faith escaped me;
falling to the floor, rolling
into corners, spilling across
hard wood floors, finding the
places to hide in my darkness

Perilous pearls,
milky against my skin, opalescent,
unassuming; virginal innocence,
toying memories,
my silly naiveté,
unprotected values
sold out to the savvy
these innocuous little beads
my perilous pearls
ripped from a throat

now naked and bare

© Brenda-Lee Ranta

Excerpt from the book Heart Sounds

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