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.