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Tuesday, January 20, 2004


::today
sunrise : 7:34am
sunset : 5:10pm
day length : 9h 36m
moonrise : 6:57am
moonset : 3:45pm
moonphase: waning crescent..28 days

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Stone


Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger's tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill-

Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.

~Charles Simic


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