Stones have many uses –
Stones as weights to keep something important from escaping….
Stones as projectiles for punishing the adulteress, weapons against the British in N. Ireland…
Stones as markers – caches, graves – one holding the promise of life – the other the remains of life…
Stones balanced in meditative practice for a restless practitioner….
Touch stones, Worry stones, stones for good luck, stones as symbols – Stonehenge, the Stone of Scone, Viking runes in Nova Scotia….
Stones convey a sense of permanence -“The state or quality of lasting or remaining unchanged indefinitely”
Perhaps that’s why I collect them. To give me a sense of permanence in an existence that – to date – has known only of the definition rather than the experience…
Perhaps that’s why I carry my stones in a basket – –
Used as my roving sense of permanence as I pack to move – yet again –