Photograph by Dean Franklin‘Looking Down on Mt. Rushmore’ by John W.L. Toivonen The Society May 9, 2017 Culture, Poetry 2 Comments Jutting out of a mountain their stone faces peer out with their notice crucified in stone. Crafted to demand a nation’s reverence visitors would mediate and atone. But who can expect more than imperfection now that their sullied reputations bark from static news chatter and journals that sit higher up like grand judges of derision? The chattering ones say that they have failed us. Their faults make them unavailable witness to our parents hymns of perfection. They are reduced to a carved collection. I would ask that their ordered minds could bless our endeavors below in the streets, but do they die today like unworshipped gods? Is Lincoln just Psyche, is Washington Zeus? These stone faces hung in a stone wall should remind but inflict anachronism on the thoughtless who forget that these men were more than archived letters from voices pale. Today demographics seeks celebrity that must be new, and no verity can stand even if it was carved in stone. Those who would reflect must stand alone. Mr. Toivonen’s work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Midwest Poetry Review. His most recent book of poetry, Song After a Long Campaign, was published by Great Roots Press in 2015. He is an attorney who specializes in criminal defense and lives in Lansing, Michigan. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Chris Tabaka May 12, 2017 Quite an original subject matter, and done very well indeed! Reply Wilbur Dee Case May 17, 2017 Mr. Toivonen, I agree with the sentiment, and much of your poem’s presentation. The poem itself reminds me of Mount Rushmore: solid, original (echoing Mr. Tabaka), unfinished, and remarkable. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.