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Skipping Rocks

By John I. Blair

Not any rock will do.
It takes a layered slate or limestone,
A piece with flattened sides
That lies smoothly in your hand,
Then a careful cock of wrist
And a twisting flip, just so.

Done right, the stone will skim
Along the surface,
Bouncing like a tossed ball;
Wrong, or timidly,
It drops into the water like
A stopped clock.

As with so many other stunts,
This one needs a steady grip,
A practiced skill, and confidence.
With them you can chunk a rock
Across a pond; without them,
Just kerplunk.

2007 John I. Blair

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