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Chiton

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She clings to stone

like the chiton’s shell,

shielded when the tide comes in.

He questions her silence

but she’s beneath the cold waves,

their opposites fusing

into thick, hard plates.

He can pry her from the rock

and penetrate her shell

but his blade

no longer reaches

to her heart.

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(c) 1983, 2016 Betty Hayes Albright

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