Tuesday, January 12, 2021

13 Ways of Looking at a Rock

dVerse challenge to feature an object.  I've borrowed a page from Wallace Stevens "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and applied it to rocks of note through the ages, which I found interesting.  Submitted to dVerse, January 12, 2021.  



This is not just a rock, it's part of history ....

 Phoenician landmark

Pillar of Hercules

Rock of Gibraltar

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

Stone of Blarney

kissed by many

famous bit of Irish lore

Plymouth Rock beside the shore

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

sentinel at Pacific shore

Faithful voices raised in chorus

“On Christ, the solid rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand.”


  1. Wow, what a wonderful whistlestop tour of the historic and important rocks of the world! I think they're fascinating on all levels: geological, archaeological and cultural. A great poem!

  2. Very clever --although, as a local to Stonehenge, I have to say it has nothing to do with druids.It's older that the Pyramids!

    1. My info said it's long been associated with druids and there are still celebrations held there at Summer Soltice. Hmmm.

  3. So many rocks! And we live on the biggest, the third one one from the sun!

  4. Very inventive use of the prompt and I see why you wanted to add Ron's rock to your collection.

  5. awesome poem and amazing record of the rocks that bewitch us!

    All the photos you see on my posts are mine unless stated otherwise Beverly, glad your daughter has such skills

  6. Such a wonderful piece, and I love the way you've closed it. I'm a big fan of pebbles, stones, and larger edifices. And a HUGE fan (and follower) of that Solid Rock at the end.

    1. Also, Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is actually my blog banner photo. One of my favorite places on the planet. :)

  7. That's SO amazing! Beverly.

  8. A unique approach to the prompt, Bev. I love rocks. Even the smallest have a story to tell.

  9. I love how you shoe the significance of a rock. It is amazing how many places are know for a rock or rocks. Well done Beverly.

  10. Good point. There is nothing that tells a more ancient story than a rock, not just a rock, the history of the earth.

  11. I have to say that this rocks... great use of the the blackbird poem.

  12. Impressive creativity combined with a world tour.