Through the loupe or peepstone it's there: a mini-


dot of air


and, when light shines through


the object, the gletz is visible, via microscope, x-ray scope.


It's a flaw, diminishing


an object: when light,


unimpeded,


passes through it,


the object's brilliance


is most brilliant. A gletz affects


clarity, affects merit.


It's best if no gletz can be found at all.


The gletz's place matters - higher up: bad news,


lower: less-bad news.


They indicate fragility,


these breathless, cell-sized cells


where two inmates are locked


and each has a knife.