How can something like glass be real?

Fragile yet deadly

the product of millions of grains of sand

and yet

entirely transparent.

Ethereal yet made of human hand,

quick to bite

that which created it.


reveals all

hides nothing

until threatened.

Put together it allows vision

reinforces natural light

helps us to see the truth

of life.

Yet shattered it spits

it scrapes and curls

its jagged lips across bare skin

like a monster’s smile.


commands respect

the ultimate dichotomy

of beauty and beast

Don’t cross it.

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