Why I Kick Rocks

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I kicked a rock across a block

It shouted "Time to move!"

I had to stop, a talking rock

was something kind of new.

"Sorry there! I didn't know

that a rock could have a soul."

Without a mouth it couldn't grin

but a voice came from below.

"Honestly, if you're asking me

I've never met a rock who did

but I'm a talking rock it seems

and don't know what to make of it."

"That sounds lonely, kind of scary.

I could try to be your friend"

"I appreciate the offer, kid,

but consider how that ends.

I began a trillion miles

and a billion years

away from here and everything

you know and you hold dear.

Your planet has some gravity

so right now it is grabbing me

but someday some calamity

might send me between planets, see?

Most of my existence

has been spent out in the black

Loneliness I slew, before I knew

there could be more than that."

I nodded. "That makes some sense

you're on that cosmic time,

Well, in the present tense

is there a way I can be kind?"

"I kinda miss the flying,"

said the rock, "this is no trick.

Before you go, could you, you know,

give me another kick?"

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