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Salt

A Magpie Tale…

Salt

Sixteen minerals.
In you, I am linked to the earth.

Ancient.
From vanished volcanic ashes
and departed seas
you spring up in the earth like
a well.
Unliquid
Unsolid

I am composed of your savor.
I am ancient, too.

Yet,
one drop of water
disintegrates
all your smack.
Your architecture,
damaged,
dissolved,
flows with the laws of disorder.

Who protected you
on your journey through
soil and crusts?

Your character,
both weak and strong,
garnishes my table.

© Laura Archibald
February 2011

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Photo credit: http://www.magpietales.blogspot.com
This poem is part of Magpie Tales, a weekly prompt for writers of all kinds.

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8 responses

  1. Wendy

    Love it.

    (Just to make Greg feel good, though, you should write one about pepper, too.)

    February 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  2. Ancient and enigmatic. Nice.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  3. Helen

    Love the words ‘disintegrates all your smack’ … nicely done!

    February 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

  4. Great poem, Laura, I especially liked these lines:

    Who protected you
    on your journey through
    soil and crusts?

    And the multiple meanings within your words. Great Magpie!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

  5. Rinkly Rimes

    A very new way of looking at something we usually consider to be commonplace.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:55 am

  6. Intriguing and entrancing!

    February 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

  7. ~T~

    Great connections with earth and self.

    February 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  8. L.A

    Very cleverly written. You didn’t look at the form, you looked at the content and I don’t think a lot of people went for that on that Magpie theme.

    February 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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