Countdown Day 2

Perhaps I have enough poems about Paul to fill up the days until September 23. Here’s another poem for Paul written years ago, but still very relevant today.

A Stone Called Son

I sleep with a stone.
It’s gray and small enough
To fit in the palm of my hand.
One side is smooth, the other
Has the word, son, cut into it.
And when I put the stone
In the crook of my index finger
I can read the word with my thumb.
I like to place it between my breasts
And feel its coolness on my chest.
It quiets the pain in my heart
And slows down my heartbeats
So I can rest.
Sometimes I hold it all night
And find it in my fist when I wake
When I’m not sleeping it sits next to my bed
On a tiny silk pillow imprinted on one side
With the word, heal.
Well, it takes time.
A healing pillow and a stone called son
Can’t do all the work.

April 28, 2003

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