Today's poem is by Andrea Scarpino

Stone Work
        for Margaret Hassan

Here is the split, dark crop
in the stone's heart. I say,

as I hold in my hand, stone,
as in skipping, as in refuse

to answer. Today on the news,
another beheading, a woman

this time. As in leave no
, black hole of a mouth,

of a plum, of an eye. I know you
have stones there, hail, paving,

ware. Find one. Hold it, As in
cast the first. As in to death.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Scarpino All rights reserved
from Once, Then
Red Hen Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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