It is the most powerful gem in the universe;
placed under a pillow it wards off nightmares.
This fact has been celebrated in many a verse:
as a stone that is filled with love and passion
it brings much luck to one who owns a ruby.
He is bound to have contentment and peace.
It may be true for some but for one booby
it’s meant a lot of aggravation and chagrin.
Most rubies come from Burma or Thailand
yet the one that he got was from Morocco.
Foolishly, he buried his head in the sand
and ignored the rumours doing the rounds.
A symbol of friendship, if given as a gift,
but it was said he bought it with hard cash
for lust - not love - if you catch my drift.
The jewel in his crown brought him down.
© Luigi Pagano
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Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites. He has published three poetry collections the latest of which is Poetry On Tap.