A boulder surrounded by birdsong in a remote location, Apache County, Arizona

Some books I found in passing
Contained disturbing words:
The end is near, they seemed to say,
Pay heed to stones and birds;
For in this warming climate,
Where things are changing fast,
Not even stones and blackbirds
Have stamina to last.

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on April 11, 2017, in Apache County, Arizona, Midweek Motif, Poets United, Rhyming poetry, Sky Watch Friday and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I have come back to read this three times this morning. It speaks to me very strongly. So many of the things you say are all the things I think about but do not have your gift of putting pen to paper. You truly are a “magical mystical teacher” !!

  2. This is sad. Mainly because it might be true.

  3. Look closer, there is life everywhere…perhaps it will only be the very small that survive? Maybe not blackbirds and stones? Maybe not us?

  4. i like the contrasting images of stones and birds, stability and change & the foreboding closing lines ….

  5. I love “pay heed to stones and birds”. And shudder at the truth of your words.

  6. I am old. I have lived through many predicted ends of the world … and yet the world goes on. I somehow feel dwelling on doom brings doom to our door. (They call me Little Goody Two-Shoes!). I love the rhyming and cadence of your poem, however.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we? 🙂

      On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. Khaya Ronkainen

    Yes indeed, some books do reveal uncomfortable truth. Brilliant and thought-provoking piece.

  8. I feel the fear. I struggle to have hope and rely on the fact that everything changes and perhaps there is a good change coming.

  9. I’m reading a book right now with ‘disturbing words.’ I really have to stop focusing on the political climate. But gosh – the book is good despite its disturbing theme.

  10. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Disturbing indeed!

  11. Oh well…. just try to enjoy our time here being as responsible as we can for the environment .The earth is not going to be around indefinitely anyway now that we know the sun will eventually die. Cheerful lot aren’t we?:)

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Oh, yes, cheerful indeed! 😉

      On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 7:43 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. Life is made of love, and thus must endure forever.

  13. As stones turn to dust so shall we.

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