“Throwing Stones”

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(The Ballad of Shimei)

A pond and a pebble,

A plop, and a ripple.

The stone that was thrown

waves back to me.


But the stone that was thrown

has a life of its own—

While the splash and the plop

Stir chaos on top,

The stone sinks away


Forsaken

Forgotten

Foreboding


To be thrown once again,

On another calm day.


(c) 2021 Doug Ferris

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