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Another from Mary Oliver‘s “Blue Horses”.  Today’s random selection, Watering the Stones at Page 41 …


Every summer I gather a few stones from
the beach and keep them in a glass
Now and again I cover them with water,
and they drink. There’s no question about
this; I put tinfoil over the bowl, tightly,
yet the water disappears. This doesn’t
mean we ever have a conversation, or that
they have the kind of feelings we do, yet
it might mean something. Whatever the
stones are, they don’t lie in the water
and do nothing.

Some of my friends refuse to believe it
happens, even though they’ve seen it. But
a few others — I’ve seen them walking down
the beach holding a few stones, and they
look at them rather more closely now.
Once in a while, I swear, I’ve even heard
one or two of them say “Hello.”
Which, I think, does no harm to any or
anything, does it?

Publisher: Penguin Press
SBN: 978-1-59420-479-1

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