The Child Said, Do You Like Rocks?

Have you ever held something small and alive in your hand?
Something small like a kitten or a puppy or a bird or a bug?
How does something little feel?child looking at rocks
Wiggly?
Tickly?
Scared?
Fuzzy?
How can something that small be alive?
Rocks can be small.
but  not much alive.
A piece of paper can be small
but it won’t wiggle much
Things like that might roll down a hill
or fall from a tree
or float on the breeze.
but they’re not warm.
unless you hold them in the sunshine
and they won’t lick you
or kiss you
or breathe on your cheek
With a piece of paper and a crayon you could draw a rock
and maybe it will touch you
but not like a turtle or a butterfly or even a chicken
not in a way you will want to touch back
not like a person
not like you

The Child Said, Do You Like Rocks?

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