Sunday, July 2, 2017

Peaks

Peaks

Men in the valley
stack pillars 
of pebbles,
and grains of sand 
on cones,
amid the mountains.

The terrain
seems unaltered,
and always returning
to smooth
from rain and wind;
Until some rocks,
alter the flow 
of a flood,
to collect the silt
of a new island.

Inspired,
men in the valley,
climb
to leave stones
on the apexes,
leaving them taller.

-Robert L Jackson III



17 comments:

  1. I love the rocks and stones in your poem. Rob, would you email me at wildwomantwo@gmail.com ? I have a question. Thanks.

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  2. What a lovely poem and maybe that is what men do, carry stones, to the top, leaving them taller....

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  3. This feels like the men are building something new... working together with nature to form something... it takes time but sometimes we know what will be.

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  4. I like the contrast between the first and final stanzas. A good read here for me.

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  5. I'm left to ponder the conundrum of the purpose of the men in the valley. Intriguing write!

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  6. This was tasty and earthy for me. I could see myself right there in your poem climbing and enjoying the view for what it is. remarkable and very natural indeed.

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  7. What a poignant piece of writing showing the almost futile actions of man to be remembered in the whole scenario of Earths existence.

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  8. As the comments reveal: there is a layered analogy in this piece. Awesome writing!

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  9. Animal instinct, marking ones territory. But, I love the view,

    Elizabeth

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  10. I love the photo and the poem. So much depth in your words.

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  11. I love this poem! So simple and direct, yet so richly evocative and profound.

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  12. a wonderful adventure climbing through those mountain paths

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  13. I like the fact that the terrain always returns to smooth.. that was so well put.

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  14. Beautiful and thought provoking! Ironically, I toured Hoover Dam today and kept thinking back to your words while looking at the construction images and listening to real life accounts. Such a mammoth human endeavor--with many sacrifices. Still: a creation. Good work-as always.

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