One in a Billion

Image courtesy of Tomorrow’s World

At first glance, she is

one in a billion,

one of the Ordinary

in an endless sea.

Strewn carelessly aside,


lost in the tide of humanity.

Eye passes sightlessly over her form,

Glazes and sticks at general points;

Assumptions and misconstructions paint her in place,

The brush of illusion hollows her joints.

But –

If you are strolling on shores nearby,

And happen upon her in your perusal,

In choosing to give her a closer glance

You give generalities firm refusal –

In her

You will


Subtle hues,

Tints and shades never before seen;

Aquas and pinks and iridescent blues,

Beautiful sparkles and delicate sheen.

Not so very ordinary now,

When you have given her time to display

That one in a billion can truly be

Unique and distinctive in every way…

Ever been on a beach?  At first glance, the pebbles are all one in the scene.  But if you stop to give your full attention, your eye begins to pick out the ways in which each contributes its own identity to the whole; each has its own beauty, its own characteristics.  You and I, the Global Beach, have something to bring to the seashore that can make it a beautifully refreshing experience…


13 comments on “One in a Billion

  1. Beautiful poem, Melody.

    Reminds me of lines from one of my poems:
    “the individual uniqueness unseen,
    except, when up-close-and-personal seen.”

    Keep writing! 🙂

  2. Photographs by Peter Knight says:

    So beautiful, as I have come to expect from your work! 🙂

  3. mypenandme says:

    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. 🙂 Best regards, – Mary Ann

  4. snowbirdpress says:

    What a glorious beach…. I am a compulsive pebble, rock collector. It would have seemed like a kid in a candy store. We just had a discussion of Facebook about the marvelous stones, pebbles there are just lying around waiting for us to notice.

  5. So glad my image moved you to such creativity. Great poem.

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