Monolith:Half Dome Effects


Running laps around the carousel

Blitzing at American Dream speed

No time to think of why

Just churn out numbers until I die

I run straight smack into a monolith

It suddenly appeared right in my way

So massive, so resolute

So beautiful

I hit so hard my mind just stopped cold

I feared for my sanity

I lost all semblance of bold

All thoughts stopped

The words would not come

Silence allowed me to hear

The rhythms of the entire universe

The ringing in my ears

Still screeches from the impact

I hear the slumber of others

Their soft snores ebbing as the oceans

I hear the cries of witches, warlocks

Selling their impotent potions

To the most delusional highest bidder

But most of all I realize I have never been still before

I’ve never paused to realize the meaning of the floor

I’ve never seen such clear blue sky

I’ve never sensed the rain

I think the most disconcerting thing

Is I never felt my pain

This is why I’ve been so alone

I toss aside my humming phone

Looking up to the folds of granite

I pause, I linger, I fold, I panic

At the thought I have to scale this

Yet even though I consistently fail this

I put all I have into the ascent

Which all I have is me

The fireflies begin to flicker, burn

They begin to light a pathway

So though there fades the light of day


I still climb, I still ascend


Especially when I am still


4 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m sure it’s not just that I can relate in particular, this piece is so clear and direct, the message without hesitation, stunning. And the detail in the image against the sky is amazing.


    1. Thank you, thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. ZurkPoetry says:

    Ooph this is so beautiful, I feel like I’ve just run into my own monolith in the shape of your poem!

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    1. Ha! Thanks so much 🙂

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