My Shop


If I had a shop

I would fill all the shelves

With amethyst angels

And emerald elves,

Black onyx panthers

With rubies for eyes,

Lithe topaz fairies

As blue as the skies.

I’d have cool turquoise turtles,

Buddhas of jade,

And solid gold snails

With diamonds in-laid.

There’d be tiger’s eye lions

And quartz crystal cats,

Peridot puppies

And sapphire bats.

Yes, if I had a shop

I would light up the scene

With a great chandelier

Made of aquamarine.


(revised from 10/17)


Gem Garden


I dream of a garden

In some secret glade,

Where apples are rubies

And leaves are cool jade.

I see amethyst asters

On peridot stems,

Raspberry garnets —

And all made of gems!

The garden pond ripples

With blue tiger’s eye

In this emerald glade

‘Neath this sapphire sky.

When the amber sun sets,

And the pearl moon’s nigh,

Then the diamonds come out

In the black onyx sky.