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Big Sur Jade

I bought the jade earrings today
the ones shaped like butterfly wings.

I took a risk.
I chose the ones that are whimsical rather than subtle
the ones that make a statement:
Look at me.
I am beautiful.

The ones that are the deep green
of the cypress trees that live here,
with their arms stretched out over the sea,
within what the carver called
a dark matrix.

The ones that offer a broad surface
where the light can dance.