What are small stones?

What are Small Stones?

Small stones are an observed moment,
written down. My small stones were initially inspired by the River of Stones
project each January, which sees hundreds of people observing a moment or
experience in their day and writing it down for the month. They can then be
shared on blogs, Facebook, Twitter or just written in a notebook, on a pebble,
the loo roll... To find out more about the flow of this simple movement to bring
more presence and awareness into our lives, check out the following link:

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Trees stripped back
to who they barely are.
Dead wood stacked
like a pile of bones.
The path white like
bone showing through yet 
soft and wet underfoot.
For a moment I am like this.
Earth and wood and ice
with nowhere to hide.
Raw, down to the bone,
exposed, holding my spine
up straight to the wind.
A soft sad heart beating
somewhere underfoot.  

Friday, February 3, 2012


Blades of grass turned to sparkly white pipe-cleaners,
we touch them to bend and mould
but they crumble, seeming both soft and crisp,
becoming powdery on our gloves,
leaving the grass naked and green.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Biology, explaining ovulation.
His downcast eyes,
"They could have been
my brothers and sisters".

And  a moment did cry out yesterday in my head while I was invigilating, but it never made it to the computer. Here it is:

We stand spaced apart
like the points of a starfish,
180 children between us
heads bent in concentration
but one, staring ahead, just staring,
pen untouched on the desk.