Skipping Stones

The art of skipping stones

Begins with the selection of the stones

Flatness

Heft

Shape

Weight

All a factor

As you build an arsenal

For the skimming flight

That allows a mere child

To transform the properties of weighted rock

Floating

Flying

Bouncing

Position is important too

Beside the lake or stream or river

Judging currents

Distance to the further shore

Proximity to others

Potential for damage if a misthrow happens

As does occur from time to time

And then the crouch

Angling

Horizontal

Scrambling

The wind up as full of ritual as a pitcher on the mound

Fingers curled just so

A thousand variations of pressure

On release

Each stone so different in subtle ways

This one needs an index finger curl and push

That one a firmer hold

The attenuation of power

As you draw your arm back

For each mighty throw

Splash

Splash

Splash

Splash

Splash

The art of skipping stones

Disappears as each ripple subsides

Disappears with each passing year

As the child becomes the man

Who forgets that there is magic close at hand

Found in wonders

In the land

In the sky above

The waters below

And pleasures in such simple things

As skimming stones across a pond

Requiring nothing made in a distant land

No need for packaging

Electricity is quite unnecessary

Just an eye and an arm

And

The

Art

Of

Skipping

Stones

David Trudel  © 2012

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4 responses to “Skipping Stones

  1. A beautiful read. It is sad how we forget the wonder of simplicity as we mature in life. That said, I never did figure out how to play skipping stones…

  2. Keep all the articles coming. I love reading through your things. Cheers. 326881

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