Pearl Stringer

The pearl dissolved
and Cleopatra proved her wealth.
Yet, as her pearl stringer I won’t give
up beading the pearls together
because they aren’t suppose to dissolve
with time and vinegar.
They are supposed to be given in whole to the women
who are not born yet.

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Haiku

The lover delicately dropped a pearl in the bottom of Cleopatra’s wine glass,
but she did not know and swallowed the pearl.
They did not care though because there are more pearls in the sea.
Yet, there was no love quite like theirs.