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Of Interminable Stones

Updated on August 11, 2011

She proves herself

In distances and altitudes

Joints and muscles


Place each footstep


At an angle or distance

Length of stride


Magic of gravity at Her whim

Invention of gender

Miraculous weather

In regions hither and nether


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



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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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

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

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      7 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.

    • Christopher Price profile image

      Christopher Price 

      7 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. :{)


    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

      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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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

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

    • Paradise7 profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate New York


    • Christopher Price profile image

      Christopher Price 

      7 years ago from Vermont, USA


      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


      Place each footstep differently

      At an angle

      Or distance

      Length of stride


      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.


    • Storytellersrus profile image


      7 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.

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

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

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

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

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      You know her well :)


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