79 protons and 118 neutrons
arranged in a sphere.
It doesn’t rust, it doesn’t turn to dust
unless you dump it in acid.
Its calculable value is far outweighed
by the vast sums of human life spent
in order to obtain it.
Beyond the binding power of rings
or necklaces holding fast the cross
or proud bracelets and broaches fair,
when pounded flatter than the width of a hair
it provides us sheets to paint
halos around the saints and
glorious fiery reflections
perfect for Godly contemplation.
Why does gold hold us in its sway?
Perhaps because we can have
the eternal, here, today.