This Stone

From the Serpentine heyimas
of Telina-na;
by Wordriver

He went looking for a road

that doesn’t lead to death.

He went looking for that road

and found it.

It was a stone road.

He walked that road

that doesn't lead to death.

He walked on it awhile

before he stopped,

having turned to stone.

Now he stands there on that road

that doesn’t lead to death

not going anywhere.

He can't dance.

From his eyes stones fall.

The rainbow people pass him

crossing that road, long-legged, light-stepping,

going from the Four Houses

to the dancing in the Five Houses.

They pick up his tears.

This stone is a tear

from his eye, this stone

given me on the mountain

by one who died before my birth,

this stone, this stone.


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