masses: bedrock

painting by marlene vine (, poem by roy herndon smith

bedrock 2001

songs of birds fall on
and erode the silent dream
of a rock on which

the omnipotent
immovable god constructs
his eternal house

streams of melodies
and waves of rhythms pound and
crack the foundations

of oblivion
memories like magma rise
into seas of loss

the surface explodes
into a fiery dawn
storms of birds fly high

then pour down to light
in forests and fields, to sing
of sorrow and joy