A Tarnished Line by Teri H Hoover
Within the quiet cocoon
drenched in transparent promises
to create a burnished heart.
Within the austere cocoon
unhindered by emotional barnacles
it is easy to still the tongue.
Within the brittle cocoon
a blur between leaving and clinging,
emerging to newborn dissatisfaction.
Without the rough cocoon-
Flinty chalk will scrape across the skin,
The first of many lines.
The words this week from Brenda's Sunday Whirl-
scrape, tongue, brittle, austere, barnacles, drenched, chalk, flinty, blur, burnished, cocoon, rough