In Search of a Perfect Circle

After editing

out the boring

and the stupid parts

was the story was stronger

after burning

away the stubble

and weeds

did the field become fertile

after leaving

all the feelings

and superficial talk the world calls love

did we arrive at something real

the diamond that sparkles

because of the years under pressure

the golden band that glistens

because of its time in the furnace

that most beautiful ring

crafted to spite the ugly circumstances

is it worth the effort to continue the search

or are we content to wish

…and live with less