Thursday, August 25, 2011


bulldozer blade bullying rocks
out of hard-packed ground
grinding a fresh surface
steel against stone
blade against boulder
restlessness against rock
a cacophony of stone against steel
boulders tumbling across
a dented tailgate
the dull groan of stone against dirt
echoing off water and sky
the chalky muted growl of rock
against rock

what if these sounds could form a foundation
a place to stand
to hold back the next mudslide
the next descent
what if this noise alone could deliver sanctuary
to protect us
decibel by decibel
from the silence we’re afraid to hear

would we still block our ears

Barry DeCarli
August 25, 2011
Goshen, MA & Ferrisburgh, VT
Copyright 2011 Barry DeCarli