THE POSE OF THE FOUR PRINCIPAL SIMILITUDES
JULIA ROSE LEWIS
(I suspect the second chapter of Foucault’s “The Order of Things” can be mapped onto a morning spent redesigning a display case in a jewelry shop.)
Apples of the sea is befitting
brown freshwater pearls as a convention
of artisan potatoes red, yellow, and purple
apples of the earth.
Virescent- greenish in color: prehnite, peridot,
synthetic green spinel, green amethyst,
tsavorite garnet, labradorite is greener in Wales.
Fossilized dinosaur bone on diamond
white druzy on black opal
chalcedony on yellow topaz
et cetera et couples eternal are stacking rings.
Sapphires are sympathetic to one another corundum
comes in all colors.
Aquamarine has an antipathy for blue topaz
but all rules can be broken for holiday windows.
Signatures as our misreadings of the cheat sheet on the reverse side of the price tag, written in minute script. Spinel misspelled reads spinach. “Resemblance never remains stable.” (Michel Foucault, 34) because inventory never remains stable, at least this is the green wish of the colorless.