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Roger Weller, geology instructor
by Kaitlyn Jestus
Pleasantly Pleasing Peridot
You light green gem,
Translucent as you are
Slightly boring and unimpressive…ahem.
Sure the green is a little pretty
But compared to other birthstones, you’re quite dull.
I looked at other stones, wishing mine wasn’t so sickly
Having no knowledge of you my attraction was null.
There is another name you are called,
It is almost quite sad
You are also called “the poor man’s emerald”
That sounds bad.
Being the birthstone for August
And with my ignorance
Learning more about you was a must.
Both you and diamond are formed
Deeper in the Earth, in the mantle.
Once a volcano erupted
You were discovered, it is just mental.
I hadn’t the slightest
Idea that you were actually kind of cool
You and diamonds might have the coolest
Formation. I am so sorry my thought of you were so cruel.