~ 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 fish comes 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 to make out
The strange writings, the star charts
On the inner walls.