Here is a poem I started seven years ago and have tinkered with since. I like this version.


Strata of paper.
Hard-bound books, soft-bound books, notebooks, notes.
Alluvial deposits.
Magazines, clippings, letters, lists.
Sandstone, limestone, siltstone.
Scribbled envelopes, unread this, half-read that.
Slate, shale, dolomite.
Photocopies, essays, poems.
Thrusts, folds, synclines, anticlines.
Readings and writings, started, completed, abandoned.
Lamanae, strikes, dips, faults.
A sedimentary collection of words
Quarried and chiseled into an altar of ideas.

8 thoughts on “Sedimentology”

  1. Not bad. Altar has several meanings in addition to a place of sacrifice, though. An altar is a place for an offering to a deity or for the consecration of something, e.g., a marriage. In the latter case, however, perhaps the sacrifice connotation is more fitting.

    The altar has been part of the final line of the poem since I first began to compose it. I had in mind the connotation of a place of offering or consecration.

    Words are interesting. I’ve recently started studying ancient Greek and am increasingly amazed at the subtleties not to mention complexity of that language.

    That reminds me of an addition I want to make to my post on words ( petrichor — the scent in the air when rain hits the dry earth and vegetation.

    Ah, but I digress.Thanks for the comment.

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    • Diana, many thanks. I am pleased you liked the poem enough to share it and a link to my blog. I have not publicized my blog other than through email and conversations with friends and acquaintances.


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