The Stone

Deep within the valley

lay the colorful agate

a collector’s dream

salvaging could not wait

With smiker delight

the chiseling began

going quicker by the moment

removing it by hand

Climbing out of the valley

to the top of the rock

holding the agate tightly

then placing it in his sock

Hiking back to camp

thinking of the good life

the sale of the agate

would eliminate all strife

Years later

after giving into greed

his soul was dark

in great need

The agate found

its way to the man again

he returned to the valley

to replace the agate within

Wiser now

his soul is healed

ascending into Heaven

true wealth having been revealed

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce


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