Skipping Rocks
by Mike Berger

One, two, three, four; yes, but—
why can’t I get more than four
skips before Sir Isaac Newton
calls that rock back home?

You don’t need to know much
about trigonometry or the cosine
of an angle to make a good flat
rock skip.

The mirror surface of the pond
reflects the trees beyond. Now
skip the rock in the images become
Dali art as the rock skips along.

Five! Yes five at last; yes! Speed
it is important but it’s the angle
and trajectory of the rock that are
critical.

Five skips must be a world’s record

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