Line in a Rock

Every man, woman, and child, of every race, that ever lived,
Every elephant and rat and donkey and sheep,
Every horse that won, and the ones that didn’t,
Every theatre that was ever built,
And every stage that was ever danced on,
Every bed that bore witness to conception,
Every phone that carried news; joyous, tragic, mundane,
Every great work of art,
Displayed in every gallery around the world,
Every mirror that helped us decide how we should feel about ourselves,
Because of every magazine that told us how we should look,
Or how we should live, and feel,
Every flower and blade of grass,
Every photograph that helped us remember; people, places, adventures,
Every book that was devoured,
Every hand that was held,
And every shoulder that was cried on,
Every traffic light that stopped us, or let us through,
Every road that was ever built,
And walked on by every shoe,
And driven on by every car,
Every hospital that healed, and didn’t,
Every curtain that closed out the light,
From every window in every house,
Every swing that carried laughing children,
Every school,
Every courtroom,
Every church,
Everything,
Will one day all just be,
Another line in a rock.

Vanessa-Jane Chapman, 2015

Rock

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61 responses to “Line in a Rock

  1. Very good…

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  2. Good stuff, Vanessa. Reminds us of the fleeting nature of our existence.

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  3. Here’s to making my lines extra bold and beautiful.

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  4. Also makes you realise how long time has been!

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  5. So you’re calling me insignificant? πŸ™‚

    I think words are not insignificant, and yours are beautiful.

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  6. And less permanent: another ring on the sequoia/redwood tree
    You said it with grace, beauty, and impact

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  7. Profound in its simplicity. One of those silent shockers that make one think. Thanks for a great insight.

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  8. I like this. Very philosophical.

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  9. I’m that orange one….

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  10. A fine thought. Good that there’s a memory of that traffic light.

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  11. Vanessa I agree with Carrie that your words remind us of our short time on this earth and tiny imprint we will leave. So here is to having great fun whenever possible!

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  12. As Bobby says, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

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  13. Well, Jiminy, I’m feeling rather insignificant, right now.

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  14. And I’m thinking I shouldn’t be freaking out about the house we just bought. Just another line in a rock. Those books I want to publishβ€”just another line in a rock. Perhaps it’s time to break out the bubbly?

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  15. That’s very Zen. Do you meditate? It’s all about impermanence. This had a nice cadence to it. Always performing, aren’t you?

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  16. I’m still trying to decide if this is a good thing or not. Are we all destined to be an insignificant memory? Or is this an example of being part of a bigger thing…the layers of memories, of history forever visible?

    Great poem!

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  17. So true and poetic.

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  18. Truth.

    Alex was just showing me some cliff dwelling Pueblo place in Colorado and it was from 7300BC or something like that. It made me feel very small an insignificant. In the best sort of way.

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  19. Very thought provoking, Vanessa! And a wonderful way to remind us of the flow of time.

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  20. I really like this, even though it reminds us of how minuscule we are. Like looking up at the millions of stars in the sky. We are one tiny speck. I will be honored if a get a line in the rock. May it be pinkish? πŸ™‚

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  21. Wow, V! In the grand scheme of things, are we small or are we big? Being a line in a rock feels pretty big to me!

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  22. Your words remind me of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. πŸ™‚ …. Hi Vanessa … just trying to get back into a routine.

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  23. I had Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” playing while I was reading your poem. Nice coincidence.

    Well done.

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  24. Wow. Great poem Vanessa. I loved how encompassing it was.

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