Carpet of Stone



Carpet of stone

Patterns embrace mystery

Spray splashing off granite

A thousand crystal tears

In this somber garden

Of unmarked graves

This field of sea-eaten hopes

Touching every dark eye

As gulls cry over streaked pebbles.


The traveler stretches from his sleep

Slowly his ivory hand touches every fear

As if, he was answering,

Gently caressing another light,

For there in the sea smoothed bottle

Sand strokes glass

And draws time into his hands

Reflected in the mirror of his face

And shrouded from every doubting stare.


The ledger is now cleansed

As the sea washes each fragment

With a mesmerized silence

This is what the heart yearned

An aspiring moment in a silver frame

And frailty of recollection

This thirst of sacred water

Touches each trembling heart

In the harbour of loves anticipation.


Written for Poetry Jam

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19 Responses to Carpet of Stone

  1. elaine says:

    I loved this – I can only aspire to write as finer piece as this.

  2. Suzy says:

    Yes, as we travel through life, that yearning for something more than just this material world grows. Beautifully written. I love how the ledger is now cleansed.

  3. brian miller says:

    pretty amazing how the ocean can transform a simple glass with its motions…and i like how you use that as well and our own need of that from the father…

  4. Mary says:

    It is amazing how the sea can wash each fragment as it does….and also smooth out the rough edges over time.

  5. Gabriella says:

    A lot of beautiful images in this poem, Alan. I particularly like the idea of this carpet of stones being a ‘somber garden of unmarked graves’.

  6. kaykuala h says:

    As the sea washes each fragment
    With a mesmerized silence
    This is what the heart yearned

    Beautiful word craft Alan! One will always yearn for self to be cleansed and unstained by any human failings!


  7. Sumana Roy says:

    beautiful…i’ve to quote the whole poem for my favorite lines…the ending is so uplifting…

  8. peggygoetz says:

    Yes the magic of transformation. So many very lovely images here. Excellent prompt

  9. Gillena Cox says:

    Your images are beautiful and stirring, a really nice response, have a good Wednesday, happy you dropped by my blog

    Much love…

  10. Alan,

    I enjoyed writing for your prompt about Pebbles…The beach area is always a refreshing place to visit, if one needs a fresh period of contemplation. The pebbles and the waters seem to help with the clarity sometimes required..Washing away the angst and leaving the answer sitting on the solidity of the cleanly washed rocky forms…


  11. Sara v says:

    Alan, this is gorgeous! So many beautiful images and emotions woven together. I really enjoyed this write 🙂

  12. djtsmith says:

    Nicely written. Loving the clean slate…

  13. Rallentanda says:

    Beautiful images and spiritual overtones as in the thirst for sacred water needed to quench the ever increasing materialism of this parched arid world. Very nice.

  14. Wendy Bourke says:

    A lovely expression of the quest for the metaphysical pinned against a geological eternity.

  15. Rae Ann Hoehn says:

    A thousand crystal tears great words

  16. Ramya says:

    I loved the use of words! Wonderful poem…. 🙂

  17. Nicholas V. says:

    Wonderful word pictures and lovely thoughts, Alan. I enjoyed reading this.

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