The Stone of Mystery For Gail Clark by Misha Nogha The stonecutter rests his fingertips
on the rough surface of stone. A secret sliced from a cold Finnish mine.
Is this the mystery of Ilmatar’s lost black egg? He closes his eyes, and
feels the prismatic crystal slumbering there. A rainbow serpent coiled within,
dreaming of dragons, and solar flares. The stonecutter, hums to the soul
of the stone. Hmmmmmmm, and the stone answers mmmmmmmmm. And there is a flush
and rush of excitement as he yearns to retrieve the soul. The cutter is a
stone shaman, who must capture the stuff of dreams. The soul of a stone cannot
be taken by force but must be enchanted, into the net. If the cutter saws
his diamonds too fast the stone will shatter into a million star sparks,
but too slow, it will burr and crackle. So the stone shaman must move into
the cutter's trance, his eyes are covered in order to better feel the fire.
Like a caterpillar in a chrysalis --it is waiting to flutter into a shimmering
iridescent butterfly. The stone shaman waits until his heartbeat
matches the beat of the stone--a steady hand drum resonates with his intent.
Moving into a journey of ecstatic flight, the stone cutter sails through
the blackness of space inside the stone; the galactic cold does not faze
him nor the stone’s fiery heart. He coaxes the color into his dream catcher
and brings it out. Breathing life into the rock; his hand lovingly caresses
a polished sheen. The magical schiller spreads across
the stone’s surface and the cutter chants a small spell of joy. He has released
the aurora borealis. Cupping it gently it in his hand he
shows me his work. A shaman’s stone. “You see?” he asks. “You see?” The
jet-black gem turns in the light and a brilliant banner of color blossoms
inside. A flaming phoenix of red, purple, gold, green and blue flashes fire.
Perched on his palm is a little slice of labradorescent paradise. “There
it is,” he says with a smile, “The Great Mystery speaks from the soul of
spectrolite.” “Aha,” I reply, “The secret of Sampo
is sealed in the stone.”