Friday, February 19, 2010

Pile of Rocks








A pile of rocks 
dry stacked
squared by cornerstones
gathered one by one 
from the riverbed

floodwaters soon will 
scatter them 
swallow them whole

Not 
before its purpose 
lives 
as marker
as remembrance 
commemorating 
significance ~
epic happenings 
of seeing
believing
trusting
knowing
loving
noticing

It is well 
rests here at my 
Western Wall 
leaving
 notes 
 tears 
prayers 
in the cracks 

an altar
 to see in my mind's eye~
 if I look back 
or travel 
this way
once again 



6 comments:

Maureen said...

A Pile of Rocks that is very moving in its simplicity and evocation of feeling.

Erin said...

This is beautiful. It pulls me in.

Glynn said...

Look at the flow of the floodwaters in the third stanza!

Claire said...

kathleen this is such a powerful statement of remembrance.

it takes me back to some of my favourite passages of old testament scripture.

Kathleen said...

Thank you Maureen, Claire, Glynn and Erin. Appreciate it.

nAncY said...

how did i miss this!

i just can not keep up, but, thanks to glynn's community writing, i got to see it.

i love smooth rocks that fit in my hand.
and their shape...i can't help it, it is so simple and pretty.