at the London Natural History Museum, ii.

I’ve been struck before, but was reminded again,
that carbon, commonly found in coal—
and in pencil lead,
is also found,
much less commonly,
in diamonds.

I also found out though (hadn’t known this)
that marble
comes from limestone
also under great heat and pressure.

So that which is special
is but the result of force exerted
on the common.

We have this treasure in earthen vessels.

The point is not so simplistic, however,
as to suggest that great force exerted on a life
turns it into something precious.
Because all lives, including those not under pressure,
are precious.
And some lives, under pressure, just break.

But under pressure,
lives don’t have to break,
and from the hardest
can come the most precious.

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