Joanne Kyger

(19 November 1934)

The Crystal In Tamalpais - Poem by Joanne Kyger

In Tamalpais is a big crystal. An acquaintance told
me the story. A Miwok was giving his grandfather’s medicine
bag to the Kroeber Museum in Berkeley. He said this man
took him over the mountain Tamalpais, at a certain time
in the year. I believe it was about the time of the
Winter Solstice, because then the tides are really low.
They stopped and gathered a certain plant on the way over
the mountain. On their way to the Bolinas Beach clam patch,
where there is a big rock way out there.

Go out to
the rock. Take out of the medicine bag the crystal
that matches the crystal in Tamalpais. And
if your heart is not true
if your heart is not true
when you tap the rock in the clam patch
a little piece of it will fly off
and strike you in the heart
and strike you dead.

And that’s the first story I ever heard about Bolinas.

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  • Susan Williams (11/21/2015 4:20:00 PM)


    Well, I'm certainly not going to tap that crystal against the rock now (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012



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