Of Interminable Stones

She proves herself

In distances and altitudes

Joints and muscles

Thoughts.

Place each footstep

Differently

At an angle or distance

Length of stride

Inside

Magic of gravity at Her whim

Invention of gender

Miraculous weather

In regions hither and nether

Clouds

Tracking shadows across mountains

Unnumbered species

Eternal variations of color, texture

Instinct, behavior

Nature cannot help

But marvel at herself, not only for

Her own unmatched beauty

But for her infinite

Creativity

Mind-body-spirit

Manifesting herself

In follicle and pore

Heartbeat and dream

Flesh and attitude

Wish and bone

Twig and leaf

Root and sky

Thinking I know

Wondering why

All facets of experience

Every day

Each and every one

Choosing a foothold

Among Her vast array

Of interminable stones

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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

You know her well :)


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

She is most complex, so I cannot profess to know her truly well. But I always enjoy the time I spend with her. :)


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

...Perhaps simply "complex..." Thanks for sharing.


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Your best yet.

I love this- read it through three times.

Thanks for your positive attitude on a day when so much written here attempts to raise ire.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Tom-

When I listen to your reading this it conjures from my memory visions of the lovely young girl who became my wife. She was an athlete, and would run and leap and bound like a young gazelle through fields of wild flowers, the personification of lithe and life.

In the audio, your phrasing does wonders for the piece. While I liked the poem as written, your rendition made it sing.

I would like to humbly suggest you reformat this poem to more closely match the rhythm and timber of your reading. Something like:

She proves herself

In distances and attitudes

Joints and muscles

Thoughts.

Place each footstep differently

At an angle

Or distance

Length of stride

Inside.

Because, that is the way you read it, and you read it oh so well.

Forgive me if I go too far, but I feel this is an exceptional poem that deserves to be read by the reader with a voice as near to that of its author as possible.

And I shall listen again and again.

CP


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Excellent!


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Very nicely done--that trail looks like the one up Slide Mountain in the Catskills.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Barbara :)

Chris, thank you so much. I always tell poets to read their work aloud and then make changes according to what they here. And here you have caught me ignoring my own advice. I like your suggestions and will implement them forthwith.

Thank you, Paradise and Juneaukid! JK, I think that a lot of New England mountain trails look like that.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Wow Tom!

Where before I stumbled stutter-step, never quite feeling the rhythm, I now glide along, gracefully guided, grateful you have shared this moment, this vision.

But I will still return to hear you read for me. :{)

CP


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

This was a wonderful read, how over the years you have explored her, tried to observe her, learn her, study her. I enjoyed reading this thoroughly.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Qudsia. I love her very much, as you can tell.

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