Costume Jewelry

All jewelry is costume jewelry
both rubies and dyed glass glitter
when slipped on for
dress-up parties for old children –
All jewelry is costume jewelry
and no child has yet been born with
diamonds embedded in earlobes,
with rubies in fingerbones,
and if they did, surely,
it would be pried out amid screams
and fashioned into
cufflinks, or a billfold.

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