Skipped Stone

      by John Thompson and Garry Gay


First published in Hammerhorn Lake (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1995) by Garry Gay, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch. Written 3–4 September 1994 on a camping trip at Hammerhorn Lake, California.



seeing sunshine

as if for the first time

under the green water                                                                  John


        bubbles rise

        from the deep algae                                                               Garry


skipped stone—

its rings fading

into each other                                                                                 John



off a lily pad

water snake                                                                                       Garry


        a wolfish dog paddles

        beside the hunter’s canoe                                                   John


a blue dragonfly


in a shaft of light                                                                               Garry