Today's Beautiful Gem: `The Pearl'
by Hans Christian Anderson translated from Danish by Charles Stork

"There is a myth, a tale men tell:
Each mussel shell
That in the ocean's bitter deep doth lie,
When it has wrought ita pearl, must straightaway die.
O Love, thou art the pearl my heart hath made,
And I am sore afraid."

Om Santih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao