this stone has been in the ocean
rolling colliding buffeted knocked rounded smoothed ground shaped
it's been quite a journey
but now it lies on the sand on whitley bay sparkling translucent small alone at rest waiting
along comes me on retreat at peace with god, myself and the world for a moment (and for a change)
then this surprise gift co-incidence
i read somewhere that "god is under every stone if we are paying attention"
in my head i have made this into a necklace, a sign of god's presence, a reminder
somehow i then lost it to this moment i have no idea how i have checked my pockets many times since
i feel disappointed empty frustrated
but why do i need to grasp it or hold onto it?
this is enough this fleeting moment this gift
knowing and unknowing faith and doubt presence and absence found and lost
at least i took a photograph!