I broke a small coily thing from the Isle of Wight while trying to extract it from its Upper Greensand matrix. It seemed an undeserved fate after lying intact for 100 million years or so, and I cursed my rampant inexperience.

In simple phraseology,
My amateur geology
Has fractured your topology.
I owe you an apology.

[Photo: Jim Champion (Wikimedia Commons)]
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