I skim a stone across the ice
just where the Jones's fat boy fell.
The ice was thin, it swallowed him.
his frightened face; his echoed yell.
I showed the copper up the lane
but didn't follow to her door.
I only wanted to be gone
and skate on frozen ponds no more.
We kept away from Rocombe lake,
found other hobbies would suffice.
Now on this bitter New Year's Day,
I skim a stone across the ice.
c. Marc Woodward