Sunday, December 26, 2010

St. Stephen


go slow.

start with the

smallest stones.


little hunks of quartz,

penny-sized hematite,

a tiny piece of asphalt

stuck to the wheel of

a bicycle.


next, find the smoothest

and flattest--perfect for skipping.

they will glide right across

the slope of my stomach.


if you can,

with your two strong arms,

I want you to get

the stone virgin mary statue

from down the block.


uncurl the vines from her robes,

pull her out of the flowerbed.


she will be heavier

than you always thought.


throw her.

pick her up,

throw her again.

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