Heart of stone

If we were masons
we would see,
how in every stone
dwells the heart
of libraries, compassion
and cathedrals
and bridges closing chasms.

yet we cease to listen
to the granite’s heartbeat
building prisons
walls to set apart,
and castles
for their dying hearts.

De hosts the Quadrille at dVerse and the word is stone.

October 4, 2021

32 responses to “Heart of stone

  1. I love this imagery: to the granite’s heartbeat. If only we can see more of the heart, compassion and bridges, instead of prison walls.

  2. A great song choice for your inspiration, Björn. You also examined the idea of hearts trapped within stone. I love the idea of buildings having spirits: it really does feel that way in some ancient places (such as libraries, of course!)

  3. Oh, I love this, Björn–the granite’s heartbeat. Yes, what stone would choose to be a prison?
    I remember reading somewhere about how Michelangelo saw into the marble, choosing the right piece for the particular job.

  4. “in every stone/dwells the heart…”of what it might bring forth. It remnds of the Michelangelo quote about the statue of David “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” You let us see the hidden, and feel the living heartbeat of creation, good or ill.

  5. Even after we fashion them, assign them roles they may or may not appreciate, they continue singing to us, eh? Fine work, BR.

  6. As I read your great poem, I had to think of the Keystone that holds two sides together bridging the gap…. I believe we need more Keystones in this world of ours.

  7. If were masons perhaps, we would be more connected to the stones and their various textures. Actually, feeling the heart of the stones in each project.

  8. This is beautifully expressed.
    “If we were masons
    we would see,
    how in every stone
    dwells the heart
    of libraries, compassion
    and cathedrals
    and bridges closing chasms.”

    If only we could embrace this possibility.

  9. So much here–how compassion and skill, or their refusal, affect how we see the world, both positively and to our sorrow. Deftly done.

  10. Within each stone lies a heart…..perhaps that was the genius of a Michelangelo — he could feel the heart beating even from the raw stone and his art was to uncover it so all could appreciate.

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