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By Josie Whitehead

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THE IMPORTANCE OF STONES

By Josie Whitehead

Importance of Stones (The)

Think of stones that cover floors
    And those used in a wall.
Name the largest stone you know.
     Which stones are very small?

We place a value on our stones,
     And some become our jewels:
Hammers, anvils, pliers, files
     Are jewellery-making tools.

Humans mark out boundaries.
     Which ones are marked in stone?
Well look at fields and garden walls.
       We mark the things we own.

Some stones are hard, and others soft
     And some let water through.
They come in many pretty shades 
       Of browns, of greens and blues.

Think of early Stone Age man:
      What weapons did he use?
What did he use for making tools?
       You'll know just what he'd choose.  

 

When someone’s life comes to its end,
       We make a visual sign
To show they shared this world with us
     And a gravestone we design.

From building blocks to valued gems,
      In fields, our homes and art -
Stones all feature in man's world
      And play a vital part.

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This poems should provide much food-for-thought for a discussion in your classroom.  Josie

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