Friday, January 2, 2015

Carving--By d. n. simmers--Canada


“ Great carving does no cutting.”
           Attributed to Lao Tzu

Take a stone. Throw it away.
A chunk of weathered root. Burn it.
Or look what is inside. Both.
Little shots of light and dark that could be
a shadow of a face.
Smiling or sad.
A large wolf hiding there.
Looking over a meadow for changes.
Linked. Lines of brown and cream.
Light flowing down and through a piece.
As if it was telling its own story for eyes.
There. Sad year of storms that took the tree.
The rock creaking and cracking with the frost.
Root torn from its mother. Rock split
from its sisters. Down.
Driven out to the sea with a river swollen.
Driven back by further storms. Life.
Washed up with crabs. With all the birds
Watching . To pick it up and drop it.
Somewhere inland.

d. n. simmers is an on line editor with Fine Lines. He is in will be in Poetry Salzburg Review, The Storyteller, Iconoclast, Plainsongs, California Quarterly, Poets Touchstone, Bluestem, and  Nomad's Choir. He is on line in, red river review, new american digital, storyacious, and word press. He is in an newly launched anthology Royal City Poets ( 4) and was in Van Gogh's Ear, Paris France.


  1. So much history in a rock or a piece of wood...

  2. Welcome to Whispers d. n.! I hope you will enjoy your time spent at our online journal. Please let me know if you have any questions. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors. Happy New Year.


  3. Welcome to Whispers d.m. I quite enjoyed your descriptive write. It sounds like you are a sculptor as well as a poet. Yes isn't it interesting to look at a rock or a piece of wood and see the possibilities in it. Sometimes just left alone it has a great story to tell even without the sculptors hand just as you said. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  4. Hi d.n. Welcome to Whispers. Thank you for sharing "Carving." I enjoyed reading and meditating upon it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. what a wonderfully thoughtful piece

  6. d.n,,
    What a wonderfully composed poem! Welcome to Whispers! I remember when you submitted to "The Poet's Art". Unfortunately now I charge, but Ihave to pay for mailing costs and half the photocopying costs. If you can afford it and don't mind paying ($10) I would be happy to have you again.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  7. D.N.,

    I enjoyed reading your work today..It was a descriptive and expressive work.