Tricia Knoll is an Oregon eco-poet, retired after many years of communications work for the City of Portland. Her poetry collections include Ocean's Laughter (Aldrich Press, 2016) and a chapbook Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press, 2014).

Also by Tricia Knoll: Ocean's Laughter Urban Wild Stripes

Previously in Glass: A Journal of Poetry: Paper Money and Snake Eyes

Tricia Knoll

The River Stone You Call A Wishing Stone

You look for secrets inside rocks. Even mine, that gray one that is run through with white quartz lines that cross. I drew a red circle around it on shelf paper, labeled where it came from and why I picked this one. Near the creek, streamside scour, smooth as re-tumbled desire washing it in floodwater. How it fit my hand. Now, inside a clear box it rattles on plastic, no oracle, no alakazam. No more magic than how it fits my hand.

At our house the stones you pick up on travels and carry with you are called Pocket Rocks. Oregon's beaches are full of rounded, washed up basalt stones. A friend of mine recently told me that stones that have white quartz lines running through them are for wishing on. I recently read Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass where she talks about the limitations of English as a language — a non-living thing is relegated to being an "it" in English. In Potawotami, lines between living and non-living are less rigid. Grammatically, stones are living. Which is how I think. They don't need to be magical or even lustrous. The perfect fit in the hand is enough to make a stone a pocket rock.

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