A Promising Stone
I cannot afford you flawless.
To boast this stone so seeming smooth
Glitters in grace through cracks and cuts
And faults along each face reflect
The careful jeweler’s joy
In seeing splendor through the rough
And risking ruined dust to craft
So take this ring and be my bride
If you’ll forgive—this hard and lasting gem,
And soon together we will say
The stone was surely priceless.
Copyright © 2020 Sam A. Hamer
Samuel Hamer is a practicing attorney in Minnesota. He earned degrees in physics from Wheaton College and in law from Harvard Law School. His occasional poetry considers themes of faith, doubt, and family. Sam lives with his wife, Naomi, and three boys near Minneapolis.