Of Rock and Water #nonet

Middle Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire

The bones of ancient mountains watch us
Hundreds of millions of years old
Reminders of Pangea
When the young Earth was one
Sentinels of time
High granite walls
Always there
Clear white streak
Crashing water
Liquid knife cuts through
Never ceasing turmoil
Sounds of rush and glory
In an ever-changing rhythm
Life blood of a breathing planet
The ancient land is always made new


This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week it was a photo prompt and, since I was chosen as poet of the week for the last photo challenge, Colleen used one of my photos. I wrote a double nonet for that hourglass shape. yeah, I like that form ;)


The photo is of Middle Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. there are three beautiful falls on the Purgatory Brook as well as countless rapids and small waterfalls flowing into the brook.

The Appalachian Mountains were formed hundreds of millions of years ago when all of the plates bumped into each other creating a super continent, Pangea. This later broke apart, yet you can still see the shapes mirrored across oceans, and find rocks on one continent that seem to belong to another.

26 thoughts on “Of Rock and Water #nonet

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  3. Colleen M. Chesebro

    Trent, I like your choice of form. The hourglass shape of the double nonet mirrors the downward flow of the waterfall. I also like how you split the nonet with separate meanings for each section. This is super creative. Thanks again for the great photo. Waterfalls are always inspirational!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          The water does rush very fast there, or at least it does in the spring. I was also exploring with a new camera and was able to get a very slow shutter speed, which made the water look almost like milk.

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  4. memadtwo

    This is beautiful Trent, both words and image. Your photo reminded me very much of all the Sue Vincent photo prompts I responded to over the years, and it felt good to do a watercolor mandala in response to it, as I did so many times for Sue’s images. Thanks! (K)

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  5. Prior...

    Congrats on poet of the week
    And I also like the shape of that hour glass and your writing was layered with nuggets – like liquid knife (so true) and the history vine fit the photo and mood of it so well

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I tried to spend a bit more time than usual to get the rhythm of the words right. That’s not saying much since I usually just write poems straight off of the top of my head ;)

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