From above, or: What lies beneath

A Quadrille

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.

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67 thoughts on “From above, or: What lies beneath”

  1. 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!”

  2. 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…

          1. 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.

          2. We’ve had some great adventure together. We’re heading out tomorrow for our annual fall camp. Tranquilo.

  3. 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.

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