Poem

By Jill Alexander Essbaum
A clementine
Of inclement climate
Grows tart.

A crocus
Too stoic to open,
Won’t.

Like an oyster
That cloisters a spoil of pearls,
Untouched—

The heart that’s had
Enough
Stays shut.

Source: Poetry (December 2009).

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Poet Jill Alexander Essbaum

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Relationships, Love

Poetic Terms Free Verse