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Lynn Woollacott: Standing Stones
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Standing Stones*

My father taught me to carve stone with stone,
to caress formations so that curves
lie in shadows, and the circling sun
ripples their contours like muscles to your eyes

I can lay hearts inside stone; surface nipples
to suckle their unborn young. I can shape stones
like ancient lovers that never touch,
that whisper in each other's breath.

I will teach my son how to hold his visions
around the chipping stone, and he, his son,
and all the way down the ancestral line
until tools are metal that carve metal, and air.

The standing stones whisper to me
that seasons fall decade after decade,
they weather the storms, yet grains fall softly,
one per year, until one day they fall wholly

and gently kiss, buried in forest
amoungst centuries of fallen leaves,
when my bloodline's sights are set in the distant stars
and he carves away this Earth for fuel.

Lynn Woollacott

*Stone Circle at Kingarth, Isle of Bute, Scotland

'Standing Stones' first published in 'Reach Poetry Magazine, Issue 126',(Readers vote, 2nd place) republished in 'Quantum Leap Magazine'. Lynn’s website is here.

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