Sonnet (1st place): "Another Look"
It seems, at first, as if the broken stones
are meaningless. Look closer. Can we say
something of value? Notice, here, the way
the practiced chisel marks suggest the bones
and careful study of anatomy.
What of their metal skills? To craft a blade
equipped to chisel marble implies trade
and special talents. Blacksmiths. Some degree
of mining expertise. Do not forget
the story's told by someone else. Who knows
what motivation his retelling shows
or what detail he chooses to forget?
Remember: there is always more to find
by close examination. Train your mind.