Psyche of Stone Soup

By Maria Masington

Preschool tale of trickster or genius, 

depending how you look at it,

starts with a pot, water, rock.

Curious passersby contribute 

 

carrot, potato, chicken 

until swindler or genius,

depending how you look at it,

brews delicious stew.

 

You, narcissist or genius,

depending how you look at it,

pass by my pot, contribute

entitlement, sarcasm, conceit.

 

Simmering sweet and sour,

oblivious or not caring, 

that I, both trickster and fool,

no matter how you look at it, 

 

replaced the stone with my spirit

at the bottom of the vat.

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