Saturday, August 3, 2013

Common Ground

artwork: ralph murre

Common Ground
by Pat Tompkins

We are mineral matter
calcium and sodium
refined into metals
precious and base:
tin ears and lead feet,
hearts of gold and silver tongues.
An iron stomach and nerves of steel
add to our mettle, tempered
by liquid: sweat, blood, and bile.
Ice in veins and watery eyes.
This malleable essence reigns
over bronze-skinned vessels,
which tarnish or rust, alkali
and earth, returning to dust.

~ originally appeared in flashquake