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Robinson Jeffers - Rock and Hawk

Rock and Hawk

by Robinson Jeffers



Here is a symbol in which
Many high tragic thoughts
Watch their own eyes.

This gray rock, standing tall
On the headland, where the seawind
Lets no tree grow,

Earthquake-proved, and signatured
By ages of storms: on its peak
A falcon has perched.

I think, here is your emblem
To hang in the future sky;
Not the cross, not the hive,

But this; bright power, dark peace;
Fierce consciousness joined with final
Disinterestedness;

Life with calm death; the falcon's
Realist eyes and act
Married to the massive

Mysticism of stone,
Which failure cannot cast down
Nor success make proud.

<Poetry Chaikhana | Robinson Jeffers - Rock and Hawk


Yes, rock and hawk'
But the hive is also nature,
more than the falcon, perhaps
though not as much as stone

Once we cry for symbols,
we cannot have too many,
we cannot get enough,
we are addicted to symbols

And the cross?
i'll let that one alone,
still it is wood,
and in its normal state, a tree,
one of our teachers also

Still, i like this poem:
"the massive mysticism of stone"
Stone gets a bad rap/
Moses' Pharoah had a heart of stone
But stone is our other parent
as Jeffers had it.

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