In the form of a Haibun
I found myself tempted to compose a prose poem about the nearly immutable nature of stone.
However, my mind wriggled, squirming away from me.
Shield limpets, keel worms, snails and other creatures captured my imagination.
only lift the rocks to uncover teeming life changelessness belied
d’Verse Quadrille #137:
‘Throwing Poem Stones’
The above haibun is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #137.
The Quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word “stone” in a Quadrille.
The photo is from http://www.wildsingapore.com/
67 thoughts on “From above, or: What lies beneath”
okay….master of imagery and words. You’ve made lifting a rock and finding the life “teeming” underneath it a joy.
I’ll try to remember that the next time I’m with a grandkid or my husband and they do this so I won’t step back and say “EEWWWW!”
✨🙏🏻✨ Lillian ✨🙏🏻✨
well done in just 44 words, made me squirm!
😍 Kate 😍 – thank you!
That’s a lovely little poetic image, David.
❤️💗 Dolly 💗❤️
Immutable in the short term, yes, but every grain of sand, or pebble, we espy, once found its place in a rock formation. Perspective.
oh, absolutely, Rick! 100%.
I like the thought of all the life that a stone may protect.
Me too, Björn 😀
Here is a try
Shifting back the rock
To my curious surprise
A blue skink no less.
Nice work David. May the little things always amaze us…
Well, now I know what a ‘skink’ is 😀
Nicely written, Jim!
Thank you sir. This happened to my young daughter and me last summer. They are brilliant and quite a surprise.
may I ask how old she is? my daughter is six-and-a-half (just started first grade this year)
She’s ten. Nothing really surprises her though. She spent her years from 2-6 as we homesteaded in the Panama jungle. She is a true naturalist.
wow. that’s… intense and unique!
We’ve had some great adventure together. We’re heading out tomorrow for our annual fall camp. Tranquilo.
My Google search brings up an ‘El Tranquilo’ in Spain…
It means tranquility. I’ll share a couple pics when I get a moment
wow! that’s badass!
She loved every part of it very well
‘Changelessness belied’ Very cool!
Thanks, Marion 💙
I liked the way ‘belied’ sounds with ‘life’!
I could almost smell the salt on this one, and all that life would be unprotected without the stones sheltering it.A living picture, beautifully painted.
😍 HW 😍 – thanks! I actually felt really lucky to find this photo after I had the idea.
❤ Ayieko ❤ – thanks, friend!
marvellous haibun David – so glad your Muse wriggled under that stone instead of sitting on it and musing on immutability
Much love, Laura. Thank you ❤
That’s quite a challenge, to fit those 44 words into a haibun! You’ve done it with aplomb!
I got the idea from Frank 😅
We go where our mind takes us and look what you found beneath the stones, er rocks!! 😊
🪱 Punam 🪱