Skipping Stones

There is an art
To skipping a sea-worn stone
To a salty-bottomed rest.
The trick, don’t let frustration win,
Before you’ve felt success.

So find a mate, that’s
Strong and smooth,
And not just paper-thin.
One with substantial
Weight and shape,
To travel the distances.

Avoid the strongest gusts of wind,
And don’t be afraid to let it go.
Let trial and error become a friend,
And patience guide your throw.
Remember that calmer waters
May ease the journey, but
might congeal the flow.

Be sure you will
Cast disappointments,
Before the tide comes in:
An angle too sharp,
A toss too hard,
Will surely tire your limbs.
Observe the ripples
Which jump the waves,
Don’t be afraid to follow a whim,
And while you pass the day away,
Don’t forget to swim!

Poetry by Ted Boughter-Dornfeld Copyright © 2009

Skipping Stones

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