A BIG, GRAY GRANITE ROCK

A MID-SIZED STATION WAGON

HALF BURIED IN PINE BARRENS SOIL

 

ONE DAY, I SPLAYED MY BODY

ACROSS ITS BROAD BACK

RIDING THIS ELEPHANT

OVER 10,000 YEARS

WEATHERED TO THE PATINA

OF A GRAVESTONE

 

I LAY FACE DOWN

TO STARE AT TWO SQUARE INCHES

A SMALL CITY OF LICHEN, ALGAE, TINY MOSSES

 

MY TOUCHSTONE

MY KEYSTONE

MY OASIS

IN A BROWN/GREEN FOREST

CLOSETED IN ISOLATION

 

A MAN WITH A CAN OF BLUE SPRAY PAINT

DECIDED ON A MAKE OVER FOR MY BOULDER

HE SQUIGGLED CIRCLES

HIS INITIALS

HIS BEARDED FACE

HE STOLE MY GEM

MY ISLAND RESPITE

MY JEWEL IN THE CORE

Tom Stock

Tom Stock has been involved in the Long Island environmental and outdoor education community for decades.

He has published two books; THE NISSEQUOGUE RIVER: A JOURNEY and HIDDEN AGENDA; A POETRY JOURNEY.He has also published many essays and poems in such journals as the Long Island Forum and The Long Islander.