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The Passion of Stones


absorb the
sun and stars
reflect moonlight
allow the rain
to roll off their backs
and water the earth

snakes curl up
in their warmth
and in the cool
lee of their
underbellies they
shelter beyond measure
the unsung heroes
of the earth

the days of their
youth are long
and they wear
away with the ages
awaiting the
weight of your
on their
broad, strong
so that they may
kiss your feet
with their passionate
and eternal

Stack of stones watercolor painting
Random stones watercolor painting

~ Poetry by Susan J Schmickle
~ Paintings by Spencer Riddile