An uncarved block became a block
When it broke—and how many times
Do mountains break apart before
We think of their bones as boulders?
Carve an uncarved block and you’ll find
Fossils and gems aren’t so common.
Inclusions remain exceptions.
There’s a lot of repetition
In a mountain, in a stratum,
In a seam, in an uncarved block.
But we do worship monoliths,
Don’t we, pilgrim? We do adore
Giant hunks of redundant rocks—
Standing stones, stelae, uncarved blocks.