Stan Petrovich

Rookie - 208 Points (10/27/1950 / Fort Riley, KS)

Petrified Mouth - Poem by Stan Petrovich

petrified mouth
Posted on March 11,2011 by pseudoprometheus
words formed before flowers–
the grumblings of thunder
the screeching lightning
eons of rain pouring
made the sonorous poetry of the earth;
bleakness of the plains defined the
sadness inherent in our thought;
all that was uttered was eventually gained:
pressed between rock and flower,
testament of the light syllables
as boulders dropped the bombs of novels
as men were dying of thirst.
until they knew the word for water
and could point it out
with the slaking of tremendous thirst
they whetted their appetite to name things;
between forefinger and thumb
the writhing scorpion that will be eaten;
they heard the bumblebees
and composed the origins of verse.
copycat men:
reiterating the beat of nature
the meter of the beetle’s
scurrying feet.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 26, 2011


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