Howard F. Stein – “Geology Lesson”

 

for Ed Knop  

plateau
mesa
butte
pinnacle
chimney rock
cap rock
talus –

sedimentary layers
with an icing of hard lava,
surfaces of the past,*
eons that give
a new slant to ambition.
Here time stands still
not even a second.

There is work to do:
water, ice, and wind
proclaim their sovereignty
over geology’s fleeting majesty.

Still, I marvel,
knowing full well
that erosion is just
another word for time.

*phrase from Alyssa Tomalino, 7/11/15, e­mail, used with permission

 


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