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but if someone finds

the stone I lost

and brushes off the soil

they’ll see the mottled

scoops and furrows

left by ancient shells

lovely but commonplace

the stone not worthy

of catalogue or display

still I hope they keep it

among the clutter

of a bookshelf or desk

and from time to time

lost in thought

rub its rough surface

or wanting distraction

search for words

that would grace a label

laevitrigonia and aptyxiella

silver arcs of liostrea

upper Jurassic coquina

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