22 : Pearlescence


Although technicalities
Do not allow a pearl
To fit within the class or group
Of the world’s most precious rocks
That’s quite alright with me
Cuz you’re the most unique of all
You’re my most precious one

In my book of gems
You are the purest pearl
     elegant
     lustrous
     iridescent
You radiate undersea
And above ground you bloom
Majestically
With strength and dignity
     graceful
     stylish
     classic
Like a pure white calla lily
You’re my most precious pearl  


Why I wrote Pearlescence:


Written for your 22nd birthday, the pearl being your birthstone, was one of several inspirations to influence the shape and meaning of this poem.

Although I had given you a ring adorned with a natural pearl a few years prior, I was unable to afford a real gem for your 22nd birthday, so I wrote about one instead.

The poem, filled with metaphors throughout, takes on several meanings and interpretations. When reading it again and thinking it through as I wrote these notes, I can easily imagine a story or fairy tale created out of it.

But in the context of Becoming a Poem, it brings it right back to where it started – where you always loved to be, and where you found great comfort there, even before you were born – close to the ocean, which is where natural pearls come from.


How I wrote Pearlescence:


Although technicalities
Do not allow a pearl
To fit within the class or group
Of the world’s most precious rocks
That’s quite alright with me
Cuz you’re the most unique of all
You’re my most precious one

After some light research on gems for other poems written prior to this one, while writing Pearlescence, I was reminded of an article stating that pearls weren’t classified as rocks or stones.

Most people know that a pearl isn’t a rock, but how it comes to be, I thought to be rather interesting.

A pearl starts off as a growth that occurs in mollusks (oysters, mussels or clams) when a small outside object, described as an irritant, works its way into the mollusk. To protect itself, the mollusc secretes a fluid to cover the irritant, and from there, layers continue to be deposited until a pearl is formed. But the formation of a pearl, as interesting as it may be, isn’t what the poem focuses on.

Instead of creating a poem focused on the birth of a pearl, I applied its unique status of being considered and valued as a precious gem even though it’s not a rock or stone, such as a diamond or emerald.

Pearlescence’s tale starts by implying that no matter what group or class she is considered to belong to does not apply to the one who loves her. This is how I write most poems – by applying a personal subject, such as yourself to relate to, and then I create a tale or fantasy out of it. Except that fantasy and reality criss-cross each other from line to line all the time.


More on how I wrote Pearlescence:


In my book of gems
You are the purest pearl
elegant
lustrous
iridescent
You radiate undersea
And above ground you bloom
Majestically
With strength and dignity
graceful
stylish
classic
Like a pure white calla lily
You’re my most precious pearl

The tale continues, where even I, as the author, pretend to be something I’m not – a gemologist referring to my book of gems.

Even though I know very little about gems, I chose to apply the first line as a metaphor for my thoughts and my heart. I then go on to describe the outstanding qualities in a pearl and bring it around to where the pearl originated – in the ocean. Although this takes on several meanings or interpretations, whether considering the poem as a tale or an expression of true sentiment through convoluted themes and metaphors, it was meant to state how I remembered you from birth as being “undersea”, and how you’ve grown “above ground, majestically”.

The mention of the undersea might be thought of as in the Sea Sky Star poem, but it wasn’t intended as such here. The undersea in Pearlescence is a metaphor for your childhood, and above ground to your adulthood, where the pearl of the poem metaphorically transforms into a Calla Lilly.

As fantastical as this tale is, once again, the sentiment is true – you are the most precious one to me.


Drawing from the poem:


The drawing for Pearlescence was completed before the poem was even written. I had the pearl theme in mind as a birthday gift for you, and in-between thinking of the poem and looking up words, I drew this abstract image of a Calla Lilly.

What might appear as being a balloon floating off at the bottom right of the drawing is really meant to represent a pearl lifting up and off the bottom of the ocean, where two mini Calla Lillies, or her parents, set it free.


Thank you for inspiring me to create Pearlescence


Pearlescence

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