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"Heart of Opal" Poem
« on: June 02, 2015, 08:28:05 AM »

"Heart of Opal"

Postby gingerkid ยป Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:54 am
"Heart of Opal"
by Captain Frank Leechman, author of "The Opal Book"

Safe in the silent rock they sleep,
Remote, unseen;
Far from men's hurried lives they dream
Through ages dark.

The old earth stirs and they are born
In her warm heart,
From blood-red fires they draw their life;
their colours pulse.

The patient miner comes; he digs,
They hear him move;
Nearer he draws with lamp and pick,
Far down they hide.

Deep in the mine's dark wall they wait;
A sound, a light;
From soft clay beds he takes one up,
At last - it lives!

Beneath is clinging clay it glows,
A burning fire.
Through jet-black heart it flames
With clear red blaze.

The grinding wheel tears off the crust,
Gone is its shield;
The soothing buff restores its sheen;
It smiles secure.

Safely it's set in gold refined,
By fire made pure;
And hung on dainty chain for maid,

Gently she takes his gift - a stone,
Its flames a - dance;
Proudly she wears her opal heart
At Ballet, Masque.

Deep in its fiery heart they glow
Those colours bright
And on man's hurried dance they shine
Through years of light.

Anything not given, is lost.
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