Xenolith is the word I found this morning on Carpe Diem Shuukan and using that word I’m to attempt to write a haiku (or perhaps a tanka).
First of all … what is a xenolith … xeno comes from Greek and means foreign … something that comes from the outside … lith means stone but in Middle English lith also meant member, limb and in Proto Germanic it meant … man or people.
Of course, our host was thinking of xenolith which is a stone that has had a foreign stone embedded in it, usually through volcanic activity, sometime in the geological past. But I’m going to cheat and write about foreign people who become embedded in a host society, due to the various cataclysms that shake our human existence. Many have been the people who’ve had to leave their native lands in order to survive … human existence is chock-full of great migrations, our age is no different from other ages because the driving forces remain the same, only the means of transport has changed.
© G.s.k. ’14
N.b. The stones here are probably not xenoliths, they are just a metaphorical image. They are stones I’ve found around the Sarca Valley which was formed by a massive glacier flow a long long time ago – or so I’ve been told. 😉