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She stared at the rippling water
rolling as the tiny pebble disappeared
beneath the satin blue surface
and wondered as the waves grew wider, fainter
the simple laws of the world
allowing an insignificant fleck
to cause such an effect,
though the water swallowed it whole
left a brief scar on the surface nonetheless
and what are pebbles if not all the hurt
the action, the words that’s been said
and a supple surface of a kind face
ripples with similar fate.
She stared at the surface
almost throwing another pebble, but held
to watch the spreading stillness
as though the pebble had never inflicted pain
her face owning shape on the surface.