Kate Coombs

    Three Marbles

There are three
marbles in my pocket
like magic talismans—

    a green and blue one
    like water,

    a tawny gold one
    like a lion's eye,

    a swirling red one
    like a planet.

Someone will stop me
someday, as I begin
to cross a stone bridge
or enter an old house
or climb a giant tree.

Here, I will say,
holding out a marble,
let me pass.

    And the way will open
    before me.

—Kate Coombs





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