Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Cinquain Erodes

Erosion has caused polygonal rock faces to form in the sandstone and shale along the
Photo by Mike Neilson, Encyclopedia of Alabama

Water Takes the Mountain

I seep
into the sand-
stone cap, eat through weakened
rock, drip, drive, devour until I
break through

the softer shale,
unprotected now. I
ravage its folded anticlines.
The shale

sandstone topples
onto the valley floor,
the mountain is mine to plunder
and raze.

© Doraine Bennett


  1. I like a lot of things about this, Dori, but maybe especially the viewpoint, satisfied, 'it is what it is', 'that's me!'. I live by the Rockies, so have studied geology with students, observed myself, and know that water is most powerful, causing havoc all through the year in huge rock slides, etc. But also, I love the lines "drip, drive, devour" "ravage its folded anticline". Thank you!

  2. Thanks, Linda. I'm not a scientist, so understanding takes me a bit of work on some of these concepts. I'm working on a set of books on the geographical regions of Alabama and this topic is one I had to explain at a third grade level. A geologist from Auburn U kindly helped me wrap my brain around it. And then it just had to be a cinquain!