Do not attempt
to lift the white stone.
It is smooth quartzite
and weighs a lifetime.
You would prove your back
could take the strain:
you can handle any challenge.
But other strengths are more sustaining:
able to change and take changes
lift old habits from heavy soil
get to grips with the smooth surface
of self deception.
Let others do the heaving and shoving
who shoulder burdens they cannot manage
and set their sights on defeating others
in pointless shows of strength.
You carry the stone with you:
crystal with hope
light with humour
smooth with complete integrity.