Be a rock and not a barnacle
for the ocean is a friend
smoothing rough edges
and washing away filmy weeds

Let the abrasive go with the waves
unless you want to scrape feet
numerous small feet
padding along on your surface

learn from the sun who heats the day,
weather and age and still love
the night that brings tides
up to your sturdy, ancient neck

The water is still clear and warm
but know that even rocks do change
that sculptures will fade
but do you know what never does?


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