The Oyster’s Duty
by David C. Brand
The oyster got an irritant
within its fleshly part.
Indeed if it were human,
it would have a broken heart.
Instead it takes that grain of sand
and forms a thing of beauty.
It doesn’t boast about its feat
but only does its duty.
And you have also suffered wrong
and have a broken heart.
Take heart if you must suffer long–
the “why” you know in part.
Stand fast and you will soon behold
a pearl of richest beauty.
The gates of heav’n are formed of them–
the saints must do their duty.