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Pearl of La Paz

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Pearl of La Paz

Oh pearl of the world, opalescent daughter of nacre
Venus borne up in a shell from the shimmering sea
Had I known your loveliness would be a trouble maker
So gladly, so happily, I would have let you be

A dream so richly rare to ignite a weak man's greed
A burning thirst that only having you could quench
By night we hide, they fire a shot and then my dirty deed
The thieves lie dead before me but still the pearl I clench

Juana keens a high and shrilling moan of deep travail
I rush to them.. What can it be that causes such distress?
My son, my Coyotito, so cold, so still, so pale...
I damn, I damn, this devil's jewel that I possess!

Ahead a life of emptiness, that no riches can restore
Into the sea, oh witch's spawn, your curse shall kill no more!


March 8, 2013. Based on John Steinbeck's novella "The Pearl".
Natural perfect pearls of good size are very rare and quite expensive.

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  1. Date: 4/13/2013 7:38:00 PM
    Deeply moving tale of forbidden fruit. Great job!!

  1. Date: 3/30/2013 10:39:00 AM
    Well done... very well done indeed. I'm enjoying the discovery of your work..... Jake

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 4:54:00 PM
    Hi Roy, , a nice winning poem, Congrats~SKAT

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 8:02:00 PM
    How clever to do a sonnet tribute on this famous tale. WEll DONE. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 4:17:00 AM
    Many Congrats Roy xx

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:36:00 PM
    Roy I loved this poem. A different take on the prompt. Congratulations on your fine win. Well deserved. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 5:45:00 PM
    Congratulations Roy, excellent poem and such a great source of inspiration.

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 4:30:00 PM
    Hi Roy, a nice winning poem... many congrats :-).... always & forever* PD

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 4:03:00 PM
    Good job Roy... well deserved win

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 2:07:00 PM
    Amazing write dear Roy, congratulations on your amazing win love peace xxx

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Roy, perfectly constructed sonnet to Steinbeck's story. So easy to be ticky tacky with it but you nailed it and told the essence of the story in just 14 lines! Great Job!

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 1:47:00 PM
    So long since I read that what a nice verse to come and remind us of a fine book! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 6:51:00 PM
    Roy, i am a Steinbeck fan. Wonderful poem. Congrats. Nameste. Rick

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 3/20/2013 10:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Rick. Ciao.
  1. Date: 3/19/2013 5:46:00 PM
    Hello Roy, your poem is lovely... congratulations with your winning poem~ always* PD

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 7:59:00 AM
    This is truly amazing. Captivated from start to finish. I predict a win. You also get the award for most creative comment for a poem. Your French tickler comment made me laugh. Have a great day.

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 3/20/2013 10:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Richard.
  1. Date: 3/9/2013 5:43:00 AM
    Brilliant... love it Roy xx