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“Boulders have their minds on the center of the earth / They came from.”
“Gems, in fact, are a species of mineral flowers; they are the blossoms of the dark, hard mine; and what they want in perfume, they make up in durability.”
“Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”
“A gray stone is naturally mournful. / It is a word from the common language of the dead. / Keep it. Someday you will understand.”
“Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. ... It preserves things from corruption — even as it corrodes other things with its bite. A little of it fertilizes the land; a lot sterilizes it.”
“From my mother, a rock, / I have learned that rocks give / most of all.”