To Be a Stone

“I am happy to be a stone.”*

One of a long tradition,
honored and terrible.

Stained with the blood
of martyrs in Jerusalem,
licked by the fire
of God on Mount Carmel,
stricken by Moses’ staff
that water might pour forth,
rolled away
from an empty tomb.

Of my tradition,
the slayer of Goliath;
those that bore
the law from Sinai;
Ebenezer, when the LORD
routed the Philistines;
and that One, rejected
by builders, now become
chief Cornerstone.

*from “Stone” by Charles Simic

“To Be a Stone,” by Stacy Nott, published in The Brogue, 2007

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