A String of Black Pearls

A String of Black Pearls (Main Street Rag Publishing Co) is now available for sale.

Life is made up of a few moments all strung together like pearls.
-Joyce Hilfer


It can hide anywhere. Look

in the eyes of a spider,
in a beggar’s pocket,
in the far corner of a field.

Sometimes, it comes in the night,
a riot of fricatives and diphthongs
knocking against each other where
words muster in a half-dream head.

Sometimes, caramel verbiage drizzles
from universe to brain, fat buttery words
flow through fingers, spill across page,
assemble into lines of luscious verse.

Then, it sits and waits to be eaten.