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,


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.