I was born without

I was born without
A glass cover on my
Heart.

No one know the pain
Of too much tenderness
Better than I.

I am the Ocean.
Friends and loved ones
Gather around
And beg
Me
For just one wave.

How can this be?
How can you ask a storm-cloud
For just one drop?

Surrender.
Lose yourself
In my storm

Leave your terror on the shore
Be thrashed
By wave upon wave
Against the rocks

Until the lightning
Is reflected a million times
In the shattered fragments
Of the glass
That held your heart
Hostage.

Until all that kept you
Separate
Returns to
Sand.

Only once you surrender
Your sand to the ocean
Can you ever hope to find that
Pearl.