~ 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.


About dragonkatet

Regarding the blog name, Dragon’s Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It’s another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that’s my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it’s also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there. It’s all about ‘connection(s)’ and I don’t mean “net-working” with people for personal gain, but rather, the expansion of the 4 L’s: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.
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18 Responses to ~ Rock Quarry ~

  1. beautiful very beautiful. thank god that nature reclaimed what was hers once. i wish we human beings were a little kinder to this beautiful amazing planet.

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thank you, Sharmishtha. 🙂 I wish the same thing. Maybe with enough of us acting on Her behalf, we can make a difference! Even with everything we have done and continue to do to the planet, She is resilient and has a way of returning.

  2. Sonne says:

    Beautiful, you have way with words 🙂

  3. eebrinker says:

    it is that reclaiming that gives hope we can’t completely mess things up. though not for lack of trying…..

  4. wightrabbit says:

    Excellent, powerful imagery, Corina! Nature has a way of turning around the thoughtlessness and greed of mankind – I have lived near two clay pits, where natural lakes have formed in the deep chasms carved, to provide materials for bricks. The water in one was cobalt blue and around both lush, natural vegetation is abundant and huge dragonflies and mayflies dance in the filtered sunlight. They are truly magical and beautiful; so peaceful now that it’s difficult to imagine their industrial past. This – and your words – give me hope! 🙂

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thanks, J! 🙂 Good, I like to spread hope. You are so right about them being peaceful now and you have to try hard to imagine the noise and devastation the actual quarry process causes…although you can see the scars, it gives me hope, too, that nature usually seems to make such an awe-inspiring comeback!

  5. lengesinski says:

    Humans and Tug of War Contest. One Side Those Not Giving Damn, on the Other Side Those that make a Conscious Decision Not to Contribute to The Further Decline of Out Planet(as Much as is Possible). I Choose to Keep Hoping for the Best, and Working Towards Repairing as Best I can.

  6. Jo Bryant says:

    this made me cry Corina…so many poignantly beautiful lines crafted together so adeptly

    • dragonkatet says:

      No, not s’posed to make you cry…:-/ but I know why it did. After seeing the huge mine up your way and your post about it, it’s no wonder. But the end is supposed to give us hope! Momma Nature will rebound. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by. Will try to get ’round to your latest posts tonight.

  7. Beautifully wrought, and I love that there was hope at the end. Thanks! 🙂

  8. Bodhirose says:

    It’s like we leave behind bleeding ulcers in our wake. Thank goodness the earth seems to be able to heal herself…at least in some ways.. Beautifully expressed, Corina.

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thanks, Gayle. It does seem like we do more harm than good, sometimes. I’m glad not only that the earth seems capable of healing herself, but that there are humans out there too who try and help! She definitely needs as much help as we can give Her. 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

  9. Aside from the wind
    and high cries of hawks,
    there are only echoes
    of dinosaur ghosts … my favorite from your lovely poem! I like the image attached to your post very much, the colors are fresh and poetical!

    Now I think I’ve read all the posts I’ve missed for the past month. Sorry for the late commenting, looking forward to read something new from you! Hugs!

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thanks, Blaga. No worries about a time limit on comments. I expect people to get to them when and if they can, no pressure. I appreciate that you took the time to come by and read and leave such a nice comment. 🙂 *HUGS* back atcha!

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