Gary Snyder


Lay down these words
Before your mind like rocks.
                  placed solid, by hands
In choice of place, set
Before the body of the mind
                  in space and time:
Solidity of bark, leaf, or wall
                  riprap of things:
Cobble of milky way,
                  straying planets,
These poems, people,
                  lost ponies with
Dragging saddles
                  and rocky sure-foot trails.
The worlds like an endless
Game of Go.
                  ants and pebbles
In the thin loam, each rock a word
                  a creek-washed stone
Granite: ingrained
                  with torment of fire and weight
Crystal and sediment linked hot
                  all change, in thoughts,
As well as things.