( / Hull, East Yorkshire, England)

On Holding A Granite Pebble Found On The Beach

How many tides
have rolled it round,
this stone I hold
warm in my hand?

Rose-pink and grey
it is, you’d say,
the sky at dawn,
or held this way,
the silver glitter
of sun on water.

Sea-washed and smooth
it seems to breathe,
familiar there
like an old friend,
or a father’s warm palm
to the hand of a child.

by Pete Crowther

Comments (2)

A beautiful ode to a beautiful pebble.Animistically Yours, Susie.
This is so nostalgic for me, for I like nothing better than to pick up stones or shells by the water just to see the colors and smell where they have been. Beautiful. Raynette