This Morning the Rocks

this morning
the rocks spoke of the long slow
knowing that happens over time

first there is some little thing, a crack
the size of a hair,
maybe as fine as frog hair even
and then some water finds that crack
fitting itself just so, it settles and freezes

later, after the ice has returned to water
and left the crack, some lichen moves in
bringing living air space into the place that
so recently seemed rock solid and boulder

one day a great chunk falls out
and it feels lighter now
whole mountains come down this way,
slowly over time

© Anne Benvenuti 2005
Published in We’Moon Calendar, Mother Tongue Ink: 2011

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