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4: Beryllium; Be

By Andre F. Peltier

Looking down the beryl

of the sun,

Vauquelin saw

the new Earth,

translucent and multifaceted,

residing in the rough.

Colors pieced together

and glittering:

rose, emerald and


the ancient Egyptians knew

the value of a stone.

The fingers of pharaohs,

adorned with those

ancient rings.


Andre F. Peltier (he/him) is a Pushcart Nominee and a Lecturer III at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches literature and writing. He lives in Ypsilanti, MI, with his wife and children. His poetry has recently appeared in various publications like CP Quarterly, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Provenance Journal, Lavender and Lime Review, About Place, Novus Review, Fiery Scribe, and Fahmidan Journal, and most recently in Muleskinner Journal. In his free time, he obsesses over soccer and comic books.

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