Today’s writing prompt is “blue.”
One of my most favorite and fun pieces of jewelry is a silver gecko, a symbol of good luck, set with a large lapis lazuli stone. It was a birthday gift from one of my BFFs. I’m not sure how much good luck it has brought, but it has brought years of enjoyment and a deep appreciation for the ancient intrigue of the stone.
Women of great beauty and importance (i.e., not me) have adorned themselves with pendants, crowns and chokers inlaid with lapis. Turquoise and lapis mined in the Kamboja Kingdom, in what is now Afghanistan, were carted over the “Silk Road” trade routes to India, China, the Arabian Peninsula and Europe. Of course, my gecko brooch is probably from a slightly more modern vein 🙂
In celebration of the lapis lazuli, my beautiful gecko, and my beautiful friend Carma, here is my contribution to “blue” day for National Haiku Writing Month:
on the Silk Road
trudging camels, flying horses
turquoise and lapis
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