Find a stone. Not a big stone, but it

must be round, preferably fit to the

curves of your tongue- not a tongue,

your exact tongue. Rinse the stone in

the river, dive it into the muck. Raise it

from the muck with your fingers,

plunged in. Pay no attention to

bottom-feeders. Let the stone dry in

the sun. Return when it is dry.

Crumble the dirt off and punch it

sharply until the dirt is powder. Spit in

your hand and mix saliva with dirt,

DNA with DNA. Lie down. Smear the

dirt over your eyelids and place the

stone on your forehead. Imagine

yourself deep at the bottom of the

river, imagine you are a rock in the

mud. You are a rock. Go to sleep. Be

still in the tide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROBERT ERIC SHOEMAKER

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