Two Converging Rock Faces

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

inspired by Kevin’s photograph and a conversation with Rita Hawes

I hope you
have found the light.

Remember when you
scrambled up the cliff
to photograph the light
between two converging
rock faces?
Laughing at my old bones
down at the bottom?

All we can do
in this world of chaos
is set our bearings
by the stars.

I think we will always
have chaos
in this world.
We will never have
a sustainable earth
where men cooperate
with each other.

But instead
living will be about
how we maneuver
our way through chaos
with integrity and valor,
like the old knights
pointing their mast

to the North Star.


Filed under Ethel Mortenson Davis, Poetry

9 responses to “Two Converging Rock Faces

  1. eremophila

    Reblogged this on Eremophila’s Musings and commented:
    Great wisdom expressed, as always…

  2. eremophila

    Wonderfully expressed Ethel, especially love “living will be about
    how we maneuver
    our way through chaos
    with integrity and valor,”

  3. Nice one Ethel. If you find yourself in chaos thank your lucky stars. Working your way out is the quest. Love David

  4. Caddo Veil

    Beautiful, moving, sober truth.

  5. I think that you are right, Ethel.
    A beautiful poem about the realities of this crazy world.

  6. A powerful poem, Ethel – pointing us to the daring stance of living (and finding the way of our truth).

  7. The kernel of essential hope within of the apparent hopelessness which denotes that which is truly “human”.

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