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susan ioannou


--A cavity in rock
watered with crystals and minerals
as fat as a metre, a geode blossoms.

Its surface can swell
bulbous, nodular or warty
or droop stalactitic, dripstone long.
It may uncurl rosettes
or twist to frost-fine lace or hardened moss.
If bold, it tufts,
if subtler, tarnishes.
Its shell may ooze or crust,
even crumble like earth.

Cracked open,
a sparry inside will glisten
with many smooth, little cutting faces.
Or its centre may be gritty,
unless packed solid
to the naked eye.
If oolitic,
in it nest eggstones
tiny as pinheads or peas.

It may stand up in columns
or mat with fibres
or wheel out radii.
Perhaps its innards
are leafed or scaly
or mushroon-gilled lamellar.

A geode is a poem unspoken
thick with Earth's possibilities
words are itchy to hold.