“Stone” by Charles Simic

“Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river,
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed.
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill—
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star charts
On the inner walls. “

Stone Circle in Węsiory, Poland; photo by Elwira Kruszelnicka (more magnificent photos of the place here: http://elwirak.com/blog/2015/02/19/stone-mystery-in-wesiory/)

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5 Responses to “Stone” by Charles Simic

  1. litebeing says:

    lovely, Monika

    great for Saturn in Capricorn 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. herongrace says:

    Lovely photos Monika! I am not sure if it is authentic or not, but number 5 photo has a pair of eyes at the top of the stone. So often we can see faces and forms in stones.

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  3. inaloveworld says:

    Beautiful photos and beautiful lines! I like that “Perhaps there is a moon shining
    From somewhere” Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Yes, there is something self-contained and wise about a stone.

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