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First Line: All day I carry the stone
Last Line: Weep when it won't nurse.
Subject(s): Babies; Death - Mothers; Stones; Infants; Dead, The; Granite; Rocks


All day I carry the stone,
the last present of my dead.
A cut-crystal water glass
breaks against it.
My lover's laughter shatters
against its gray weight
into rags of rain.

All day people ask me for the stone,
offer to throw it down a well,
bury it, smash it with sledgehammers.
But I cling to it,
draw my face on it,
dress it in baby clothes and
weep when it won't nurse.





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