in•ter•space noun |ˈintərˌspās|
a space between objects: volcanic rock that has been crushed into fragments
and the interspaces filled with turquoise and oxide of iron.


In the space between elements,
distilled to the core, the individual is sifted.

Valuable extracted from worthless, turquoise and iron from carbon—
the unformed diamonds we might yet become.

Yield under the heavy hand that brings the crushing!
It does render your rock precious stone.


View the painting that inspired the poem.

July 20, 2018 — Alexandra Hunter
Tags: poetry