Paul received a rock in the mail.
Stream rounded disk shaped.

Perfect for skipping
across a placid lake or pond.

Included in the box was a sparrow
with a note tied to its broken neck—

Hit by rock at thirty paces.

Paul added the rock
to his lethal collection

of period American
black powder weapons

tomahawks, war clubs
and frontier bows and arrows.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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