Sunday, May 27, 2007

Truth can be painful

John Ciardi


True or False

or False

Real emeralds are worth more than synthetics

but the only way to tell one from the other

is to heat them to a stated temperature,

then tap. When it's done properly

the real one shatters.

I have no emeralds.

I was told this about them by a woman

who said someone had told her: True or false,

I have held my own palmful of bright breakage

from a truth too late. I know the principle.

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