Tuesday, January 21, 2020


At dVerse, Frank challenges us to create
prosery of no more than 144 words, to
include a line from a Maya Angelou poem ...
"The Rock cries out to us today
You may stand on me, but do not hide
your face".   After the style of
Wallace Stevens, I consider rocks.
Submitted to dVerse
January 20, 2020

Ancient Phonician  landmark
Pillar of Hercules
Rock of Gibralter

Aboriginal sacred site
Uluru, red behemoth
In Australia's Outback

Giant head on Easter Island
standing silently in mystery
through the centuries

Endless task of Sisyphus
pushed onto the hilltop
falling again to valley floor

Kissed by many
Stone of Blarney
famous bit of Irish lore

Beside the shore at Plymouth
welcome sight to Pilgrims
arriving to new land

Imposing Devil's Tower
thrusting upward
from Wyoming's vast expanse

Signature Rock on westward trail
where steadfast pioneers
left their marks for history

Rosetta stone
that cracked the code
of Egypt's ancient hieroglyphs

Rushmore's rock of faces
countenances of history
worn smooth by wind and rain

Part of Stonehenge Circle
holding fast the secrets
of ancient druids

Haystack Rock of Oregon
legacy of ancient lava
standing sentinel on ocean shore

Faithful voices raised in chorus
"On Christ, the solid rock, I stand
all other ground is sinking sand"

Words of poet echo still
"The Rock cries out to us today,
You may stand upon me
But do not hide your face"


  1. There are so many rocks talking to us, some from where they are standing, some formed by humans, but they still have that in common that you cannot deny them the importance they have.

  2. This was wonderful to read! Rocks are significant!

  3. Liked this list of rocks that speak to us.

  4. Loved the who's who of rocks. They all have something to say.

  5. What a treasure this poem is, Bev. So many rocks, with so much to teach.

  6. Sorry I'm so late, Beverly. Although not prose, your words beautifully evoke the solemnity and mystery that is the Rock! Bravo!