Maggie Sawkins

Under a Stone

you no longer know
what it means


to be a leaf under a stone.


You’ve got too used
to the cold slab weight of it.


Absence of light
has turned you
into a wafer of veins


a leafshadow.


One skipping day
a child will come
and kick away the stone.


For a moment
you will lie there,
afraid of your own lightness


afraid of what you’ve become,


by the suddenness
of a white winter sun.

Maggie Sawkins
“Under a Stone” first appeared in The Interpreter’s House, 2001.