~ Rock Quarry ~

inage borrowed from caveatlas.comThe top of the world: a rocky cliff,

surrounding a mineral-mined pit.

Far below lies a lake, man-made,

fathoms full of a deep, dark green sheen.

Hidden slabs lurk beneath

the water laced with memories

of machines which shattered,

dug, scraped the earth.


Now, what remains of it

is a greed-crafted crater

which smells of sweating stone.

I mourn that my kind caused this;

They raped her,

stripped her of her valuables

and then left her alone,

abandoned to the wilds of time.

The brambly brush has taken over,

saplings have sprung,

wreathed in creepers of

wild grapevine.


Aside from the wind

and high cries of hawks,

there are only echoes

of dinosaur ghosts which wander

this lost land of shale-shod crags

and fallen boulders of

spent potential.

But nature whispers

that the reclamation

has long since begun!

© 2012 C.L.R.


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

5 thoughts on “~ Rock Quarry ~

    1. Thanks, scilla. You know, I had not thought about it in terms of forgiveness! The Earth would have to be a forgiving mother, indeed, to endure all that mankind has done to her. I agree, that it’s an important part of our relationship with the planet – maybe part of that lesson is learning to forgive our ancestors and ourselves for the harm we have caused…thanks for giving me something else to consider this morning.

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