Still from the movie "A River Runs Through It"‘Under the Rocks Are the Words’ by Neal Dachstadter The Society October 29, 2017 Beauty, Poetry 6 Comments “Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.” -Norman Maclean Ask not the earth, ask not the sky, Drain not the firth nor pester, pry, Strain not the stone, nor probe the airs, To gain what’s known, amid what’s theirs. Beneath the stuff, below a mask, Beyond enough, beyond the ask, Unhanded clasp and more than mensch, Commanded Word, that core of quench, Thus chant they low, from melded word, Although they can’t, unquelled, unheard, Creation sings, of God, of theirs, That Earth He trod, the rocks and airs. Neal Dachstadter is a poet living in Tennessee. His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (UK), Western Viewpoints and Poetic Images: the Great American West (Woodinville, Washington), Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015 (Mt Hope, New York), Rocky Point Times (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont). A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing with Delta Kappa Epsilon International. Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Athens encouraged him as a writer. In 2015 he wrote in Arizona at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument five miles north of Mexico. 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) 6 Responses Sathyanarayana October 29, 2017 Excellent…a very well constructed poem. Reply Neal October 29, 2017 Thank you, very much – i appreciate it. Reply Amy Foreman October 29, 2017 Beautiful, Neal. I am putting this in my favorites file! Reply Neal October 29, 2017 Thanks truly. It is already a favorite of mine as well Amy. Reply David Hollywood October 30, 2017 It has a prayer style quality – respectful and contemplative. Thank you. Reply Neal November 13, 2017 Much welcome David; thanks. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.