She is lying hidden
Inside a pear-shaped shell
A rough, rock-hard outside
So porcelain white inside
A safe haven
For a delicate life.

Out of the blue
In the Pacific Ocean
So blue
Someone forced its way
In the oyster's sheltered territory

The invader
Is like a splinter
It pricked her plump body
That is so soft
And slimy.

Yet, the invader
Was never ejected by the oyster
Instead it was coated
And treated
With warmness
And kindness.

The kind gesture
Turned into an exquisite treasure
A gem so marvelous
A pearl so precious.

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