Monday, November 15, 2010

Hogg Rock Vista, 2010

A notice of runes carved by worms under the bark
of a stripped and fallen trunk is the first sneaky clue
along the mild ridge-line that a forest has hidden marks
that are easily missed in late autumn's leaf filtered dew.

Distracted at first by the scenic view of fog ruled tides
made by white mist in the rippled murky vales below,
it's hard to tell the blue sky from blue ground, besides
patches of bright hiker nylon then rise and voices echo

not as humbly silent as the voiceless creatures underleaf.
Working sideways sans the fussy serifs of civilized noise
but slowly across the rotted and wooden hole-filled sheaf,
the runes are a sonnet where no clock wound and poised

is ready to rudely tick and tock the climb to something new:
atop the crags of Hogg Rock, under heaven, with nothing to do.


  1. Brilliant! Really enjoyed reading this :)

  2. @Zaina: Thx. I'm stuck it a sonnet rut. ;-)

  3. I'm really enjoying this series of sonnets. If it is a rut, the so be it!

  4. Really nice, Gerry. I've been bitten by the sonnet bug myself lately, but the eternal conudrum: Petrarchan or Shakespearean!?

  5. Hogg Rock. I feel as if I were there. I adore sonnets.

  6. @Gordon: per the stag: when in a rut, rut.

    @JZKnowles-Smith: Gee, now I'll have to go and look up the difference again. I think I used to know a long time ago. If you want to read some fabulous latter-day sonnets, I suggest Berryman's Sonnets. It's got that great Berryman strain of syntax (which I adore) and is less inscrutable than the Dream Songs.

  7. @willow: thanks. I guess it worked. I am holding 'beige' in reserve. It's always right there on the edge of my consciousness.

  8. I love the imagery- the microscopic worm carving of the "voiceless creatures underleaf' leaving their marks and etching new territory. Could be a painting.

  9. Soneto Bravo!

    Nice to read you again. BTW - I've put a call out for material just like this - let me know if you would like to participate:

  10. @Obsidian: Thanks Mr. Eagle. Take what you want if the spirit moves you. I am not much of submitter.

    @Jingle Poetry: I got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle.

  11. Glad to see you show up.
    Have a smiling day.

  12. Dear Gerry Boyd

    Powerful imagery.. I enjoyed it.
    Thanks for sharing..

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay

  13. i always admire the pure naturalists like you!

  14. @Sashi: Cheers.

    @fiveloaf: It's just a recent phase I'm going through.