Limestone

Limestone doesn’t quite believe

that it’s a rock – all those shells

and bones still yearn for water –

dissolution, floating free.

Water carves

its spaces; dripping hollows

sheltering secret vegetation,

great halls and caverns full

of glistening columns –

that ancient geological dance

of rock and water, merging,

separating, weaving a strange world

of clints and grykes, and sudden

sink holes –

rivers dropping out of view

and running under rock –

leaving the sound of running water

in the empty air.

 

“The hardest part is when the river
is too swift and goes underground for days on end”  

~Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason

This is a very concrete response to the quotation. Or is it? You are the reader, you make the poem. This is for Jilly’s 28 days of unreason. 

13 thoughts on “Limestone

  1. yes indeed, you made a molten, moving mediation out of rock and at the end we are left in the air, listening to an absence – impressive interpretation Sarah!

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  2. Beautiful start and ending. “Limestone doesn’t quite believe / that it’s a rock – all those shells / and bones still yearn for water ” is great. And I love the sound of the water in the empty air, after it has been pulled underground/unconscious!

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  3. This is astoundingly wonderful (not surprised that you could write it, just it begins by grabbing you and holds you through to the drop — and then the sound of water in the air)! You captured the prompt in your own way. Perfect!

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  4. What a beautiful and accomplished poem. As well as the lines mentioned by others in the comments, the phrase “that ancient geological dance of rock and water,” is such a wonderful image. The poem left me with the feeling that you had a love for the landscape of limestone.

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