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Rock Skipping


Tom Tannehill

There's a technique to skipping a rock not everyone can master
Because if you slip and do it wrong it may be sheer disaster

First step's to pick a proper stone a flat round smooth projectile
And of course it must be light enough to throw with the proper style

The correct way is a side-arm toss so the stone will bounce the surface
And speed's also relevant since skipping the surface is the purpose

A fair toss will skip six times or so, a good one might bounce ten
But if your's is really perfect it'll skip 'til who knows when.

I made a toss like that just once when everything was right
The stone hopped 'cross the water 'til it vanished from my sight.

For all I know it may be still skipping down our creek
And heading towards the Rio Grande which'll take about a week

Then east from there two hundred miles to the Gulf of Mexico 
And across to the Atlantic Ocean to Spain or Morocco.

And then some Spanish or African kid may skip it across his sea
And it'll be a perfect toss too, and come skipping right back to me.

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