Shaker boxes were designed
to last forever. The finger joinery,
or swallowtail design, allowed the
joint to breathe without warping.
A jeweler liking the story of forever
copied the swallowtail design on a ring.
The ring is a butterfly's lyrical passion
to turn and turn and rest —and fly again.
It is the inhale and exhale of breath,
the rhythm of the day.
It is the drying out of seasons,
and the harvesting of memory and moons.
The ring is a circle drawn together with fingers,
gathering and overlapping—the way
winter runs in upon spring.
It is smoothness of moss on rocks
and silence the color of sun
when it dips soundlessly behind a mountain.
It is a reflection of everyplace the ring goes,
a mirror of birch trees, of water and stone,
of Indian Pipe and Knapweed and Buttercups.
It is touch alive as hands clasp,
fingers stretch to reach
and circle around to catch jubilant light.
Linda Watskin 2010