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I Could be Stone

Updated on January 2, 2013
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I could be stone,

hard and crusty, needing no home;

but I would be of sand

and wear away,

wind spreading me over the land.

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Still better to be of quartz,

cast in the fires of the earth

laced with precious gold,

sought after,

shiny, never growing old.

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Serpentine would serve me well,

cooled at depth in the oceans,

silky smooth, an earthy green;

magma and water,

forever bonded without seam.


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Or granite I would welcome,

millions of years in the making,

hard and glinty and strong,

resisting the world

and it’s attempts to deform.




Best though, would to be dirt

right there in sight,a child's delight,

collecting the essences

of all things we were,

waiting to be stone again.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      It is great and helpful as well. We meet twice a month and read and critique each other. I have been in it for about five years now. I am bad about submitting, but one of our members (we have about eight) is doing a little work shop on submitting next week.

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      Ryan McGill 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      That sounds like fun. Many times I just pick an inanimate object and try to frontload it with human qualities; the chair was an example I really liked the outcome of.

      Poetry group, huh? Maybe I should look around and see if I can find one in my area. I do readings and have been published but it would be nice to have a local group to work with a receive some input from. I'm guessing that's what goes on with yours?

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      One of your best Ryan! These comparisons are really interesting. A prompt in my poetry group recently was to pesonify the days of the week, such as "Monday is a maruder with an axe" (not good, just an example) and then going through the whole week. I have not tried it yet. May post a question about it.

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      Ryan McGill 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I thank you for your kind words James.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful and thought provoking poem.I voted up.Thanks for sharing.