Skipping Stones

      by Kenneth Tanemura and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Woodnotes #30, Autumn 1996, page 40. Written on 23 March 1994 in Foster City, California.



long spring day

beach sand trickles

through my fingers                                                          Kenneth


        a one-legged blackbird

        hopping up the flagstone path                           Michael


on the steep ledge

amid crumbled rocks,

a buttercup                                                                         Kenneth


the quarry’s evening light—

still the smell

of chipped granite                                                           Michael


        many shades blended in the pebble;

        the sky changing colors                                          Kenneth


blood on my finger—

the sharp skipping stone’s

widening circles                                                                Michael