Working Sounds – Nature Shares Her Music

On earth we live with working sounds

Some tympanic; a few dynamic

The roar of the surf crashing over and over

Hardened walls of the cliffs of Dover

Echoes reverberating on the shoreline

Sweet songs of the turbulent seas

Shrill tweets and whistles, of birds unseen

Further inland there’s so many more

Leaves rustling high above and down below

The piercing bugle of mountain elk

Screeching eagles and red-tailed hawks

Vibrations of the cicada and cricket songs

Whispered rustling of the prairie grasses

Rocks sliding in the high mountains

Bubbling and gurgling ice cold streams

Carefully feeding the rushing waterfalls

Overhead the lightning flashes warning

A low deep rumbling spreads across the land

Building strength until it erupts

Thundering like ancient titanic clashes

And the momentary sounds of silence

Shattered by the pitter pat of rain

Gradual at first until one drop is many

Cleansing everything in a glorious deluge

Then the great settling of the fallen

Branches cracking and mud sliding

Low croaking of frogs and toads

Hummingbird wings and turtledove coos

Shifting desert sands moving with the wind

Grains of sand rising and falling in unison

Rippling with a symphonic complexity

Giant glaciers calving into the open ocean

Tumultuous bellowing splashes roar

While the cold carries an infinite message

Howling winds and driving snow

Hollow tones with a haunting richness

Distant roar of a camouflaged bear

Colliding ice flows and barking seal pups

A sighing breeze in the mountain pines

And more and more and so many more

Here and there, everywhere and anywhere

Working sounds of the world around

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Working Sounds – Nature Shares Her Music

  • March 15, 2018 at 8:35 PM
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    Wow ! Great piece, Ralph. Uplifting and glorious. You put me in another, and wonderful place, soaring around Earth listening to the sounds of Nature. Remarkable penning that bring the sounds alive to open ears and the spirit. Beautiful work.

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  • March 16, 2018 at 1:53 AM
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    Such vivid imagery in a wonderfully constructed poem describing the beauties of nature. Good work Ralph.

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  • March 16, 2018 at 9:24 PM
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    The living earth, a cacophany of sound all of which gives such scope to our living experience. Nice work Ralph.

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