( e s s a y) Ten o’clock, my father drives off to the local woods to collect a trunkful of stones. About half past noon he returns to the house with his bounty. One by one he unloads the stones, his wiry frame wobbling precariously through the yard to the edge of the road, where over the pas t few weeks he’s amassed thousands. Each stone weighs 16 4 T H E M I S S O U R I R E V I E W / S U M M E R 2 0 1 5 Possess Stone Wall Jeff Wasserboehr Photo by Rick Payette anywhere from twenty to fifty pounds, and from the grunts he gives o ff while lugging, it’s clear he’s having a pretty rough go of it all. But I can’t help him. We are and never have been close, especially in these recent years. Even so, watching his intense struggle—pursed lips, spittle exploding from his mouth with every lift, copious and indiscrimi - nate moaning—I feel a bone-deep urge to impart my recommendations. As in “Maybe there is a better way to hoist that stone so you don’t pop a vertebra in
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jun 24, 2015
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