A Lesson
Tamie Gaudet

It’s all in the wrist, I say
and guide his smaller one
for his first throw. We watch
the flat stone make a splash
that sends a gull to the sky.
Not like that. I flick
another across the surface.
He smiles as he sees
the rock run across the water
before diving into the deep.
He squints up at me
and says, that’s a good trick
but why is skipping
better than making a big splash?
It isn’t, I answer and pass
him a bigger one to throw.
Careful of your toes.

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