skipping stones


we toss them
…………one-by-one, watch them
…..softly shatter the Lake.

..some slip-slip-slip,
smooth as
… others kerplunk! with
……………….rippled rings.

we have things
… say, small
………words that need gently
thrown. but seeing
that mirrored sky
break open stone
…..we decide to skip
…………………….. it.


Toni’s hosting over at dVerse today for our Quadrille. Come play! 



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24 Responses to skipping stones

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Oh I love this….I knew you would write something wonderful for this word. “shatter the lake”…and the all out throwing upon the “mirrored sky”….joyous abandon….

  2. jillys2016 says:

    The single capitalization of Lake is intriguing – causes me to read and read again. (My home town is on one of the Great Lakes, so I connect.) Nice sound devices!

  3. Oh I love how you contrast the two stanza, letting the first stanza become a metaphor for the words we skip… simply brilliant.

  4. blogoratti says:

    Interesting piece,greetings!

  5. This is such a great take on the prompt. I mainly really like how you structure it. I feel like the structure tells the story. Great job.

  6. I was never any good at skipping stone; getting better at the little words. Very nice quadrille. I love how the formatting enhanced the visual of the skipping stones.

  7. Shawna says:

    softly shatter the L/ache (love ache)

    The first two lines of the second stanza have a sweet jazz beat behind them.

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  9. Patti says:

    Beautiful. I especially like the final stanza. Some days are just too lovely to waste.

  10. ihatepoetry says:

    Loved, esp knowing how some stones need to be gently thrown.

  11. Grace says:

    I love the sounds your words make on the page and in my mind ~ I specially love: softly shatter the Lake.

  12. Bodhirose says:

    I like the idea of the words being gently thrown…yes, we should choose them carefully and deliver with a gentle toss. Lovely thoughts here, De.

  13. This makes me thing of childhood days. Well done.

  14. lillian says:

    ….we have things to say…..and comparing the words to skipping stones — some gently and hopefully none hurled. Really love this one. Excellent response to the prompt.

  15. lynn__ says:

    A fabulous poem, De! I never got the hang of skipping stones but I did write poem on a similar theme recently: 🙂

  16. Candy says:

    the little words we don’t throw are sometimes the most important. Glad I didn’t skip reading this

  17. kim881 says:

    After the sounds of the first two stanzas, that final stanza is so peaceful – like the pebble is skipping the water without any sound at all. Calm and relaxing. Sparkling.

  18. I like the way the shape echos the words

  19. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Wonderful, where you took this.

  20. So much wisdom in this one, De. Choose carefully. I wouldn’t mind printing this and sticking it on the wall as a reminder.

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