Beach Stone, Calabria, Italy

Salvaged from sand

breath of gods

green-edged petrified

fizz of Tyrrehenian ebb

and flow warm to the touch

Sand-encrusted stone

cool on the cheek where

fingers thumbed it smooth

a slow massage of the moon’s hands

in tides talking among themselves . . . .

–excerpt from “Beach Stone, Calabria, Italy,” by Donna Pucciani. First published in Chariton Review.

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