Surrounding: A Rogue Sonnet
 
An ancient shape, a partial bowl to hold
the sound of words and notes a moment   

before releasing them past attending ears   
into a wider circle of pines and oaks   
 
and cedars, sound borne on the wind,   
over Hirschman's Pond, the hills: Cement
  
and Wet, the little mountains: Round and Banner,   
and then higher into Sierra crags and the flyway   
 
traced by Sandhill Cranes yet at the same time
lower, skimming the rivulets and creek beds,
 
finding the river, dropping into hidden tunnels
and mining shafts where history's buried   
 
next to luck, the song now echoing so faintly only  
the earth's bones and the closest stars can hear it.
 

 
 
For the opening of the Marian E. Gallaher, M.D. Amphitheater   
at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada County, CA
June 12, 2017