we kept the pretty ones broken open to sparkling mica schists they must have been dashed to the sidewalk on long green afternoons one quartz pebble tumbled tiny egg one round black river stone a weight contained in perfect smoothness lit in dusty windowlight on a sill upstairs in the shed out along the alley bright hollyhocks sprung weedy from glacial till beneath the patchy lawns we knew and deeper than our knowing capped with limestone the folded peneplain its Archean gneiss and schists rock beneath our stones beneath our long green afternoons earth’s bones
Sue Chenette is the author of Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions, 2009), The Bones of His Being (Guernica Editions, 2012), and the documentary poem What We Said (Motes Books, 2019), based on her time as a social worker during Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. A classical pianist, poet, and editor, she grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. Her collection, Clavier, Paris, Alyssum, is forthcoming from Aeolus House in fall 2020.
Photo by Nicolas Solerieu