Hidden Worth

Upon a shelf
two vases sat
one was made of common clay
one was made of cloisonne

One cheap and utilitarian
the other
Priceless and ornamental

One plain and unremarkable
the other
alive with vibrant color

One used without gratitude
the other 
untouched and on display

One dark cold day
the earth shook
and knocked the vases
to the hard dirty ground

Which survived the fall?

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