shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Melbourne poet, Jennifer Chrystie has published her work In The Weekend Australian, Blue Dog, Cordite ,The Best Australian Poems 2012 and The Quadrant Book of Poetry 2001-2010 amongst others. Her first book of poetry, "Polishing the Silver" was published in 2006 by Ginninderra Press and commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award. Her second collection, "Weight of Snow" is forthcoming in 2013.

Jennifer Chrystie

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Caviar Spoon

A spoon more precious than the eggs
that fill it to the brim
made of milky mother of pearl
with diamond and ruby trim

The ebony handle is crowned with gold
as a queen's sceptre would be
You savour the salty tang of love
from the depths of the Caspian Sea

I could give you a pendant to circle your throat
or an emerald to nest in your hair
but have chosen a gift of exquisite taste
to have, to hold and to share