Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Fire Stones

Another archaeology poem.

The stones were- I think- quartzite and someone had brought them into class to demonstrate how people in the Stone Age might have started a fire. 

                                    FIRE STONES


                                    You wrap the quartzy stones in wool,

                                    Knock 'em together; they'll give you fire.


                                    The classroom is all hush and dark.

                                    I knock and raise the ghost-green light


                                    That's gone as quick as the meteorite

                                    I saw scrawl over Pegasus.


                                    Did I see it or did I think it?

                                    I sniff the stones.  They smell of burn.


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