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In "Tumor", by Anna Leahy, the author wrote a poem about her mother's cancer death, with the title "Gravity 2", after she had written a poem about her father's death, with the title "Gravity 1":

She falls with the weight of herself
and her unsteady state, a state of un-being.
A moment arrives when my mother can no longer hold up.
When gravity overcomes pressure,
the lungs can’t draw another breath.
The memory I have of my mother
glows like a white dwarf. She sometimes eludes
my mind’s eye, but even a worried stone
dropped from my extended hand to my heart
is so heavy, it travels thousands of miles an hour.

What does "worried stone" mean in this context?

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    Part of it must be a play on words with worry stone
    – Peter Shor
    Dec 6 '21 at 17:40
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    reads like a dream fragment. the last comma is probably a comma splice, so it's difficult to know if the author is saying the stone is dropped to her heart or is heavy to her heart. either way, stone is going to pick up associations with lumps / and tumours, benign or otherwise, so the author is likely to be worrying about a diagnosis. if not her mother's, already a mere memory to her, then her own future. you'd probably have to decide which via "tone" which for me is sombre enough to think she's standing outside time and, as you point to, comparing a new lump with an old
    – a_person
    Dec 7 '21 at 20:56

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