Years in Just One Place

The edge of the rock leads down
from the inland hill
like a spiny tendril to the sea
tapering until the finger tip
joins the rise and fall
of wet tide and ocean
as if to receive the tender feeling
of what once was and still may be
the rock more nerve than bone
surface coarse but through it
a gift of connection
to something old and kind
as if some choice were set in stone
a frozen wish from long ago
pulsing with a slow quiet,
believing in all that is to come
through grief and despair
the assurance of many years
in just one place.


2 Responses to “Years in Just One Place”

  1. Maria Frid says:

    I found your poem very profound. The notion that through the rock we may connect with the “something old & kind” really touched my heart. It gave me a dramatic picture of a wonderful place. Thank you!

  2. Sandy Jensen says:

    This is one of your best, Don. It has that combination of language, metaphor and mature insight braided tightly together that earmarks a poem that really comes off the page.

    Here is a wording thought to get out of ending the line on an adverb, which I never consider the best move:

    pulsing with a slow quiet, believing
    in all that is to come

    Thanks for posting on Facebook. It ups the quality of what can be shared amongst us all, and I really am inspired by that.

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