The Boy Who Talks to Rocks

Why do some rocks walk miles
over hot desert sands,
and meteoric rocks travel
from deep space to dry land?

Perhaps, just perhaps,
they are trying to find
the boy who talks to rocks.
They’ve heard that this boy
can hold rocks in his hands,
hear their vibrating voices
and then understand.
Today, the boy heard
a small rock whispering
this stern warning:

Tell me…
Where would man be

if  rocks weren’t around?
Where will man be
when no rocks can be found?
Without asking permission,
humans often yank and pull
rocks out of the ground,
and cast them aside.

Tell them that, one day soon,
they will look down and see
a frightening sight:
No earth beneath their feet!

Respect the world around you,
and handle nature with care.
This will help assure that
it will always be there!         ~ms

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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30 Responses to The Boy Who Talks to Rocks

  1. loved the story you told through it mary, and i do agree with you man should respect earth!


  2. YorkshireRascal says:

    A beautiful read… Respect is the key to preservation of life in all its forms 🙂


    • Hmmmm…just found your comment in my spam folder….I don’t know why WordPress put it there. Your comment is very nice and your website is beautiful! Glad that I found it!


      • YorkshireRascal says:

        Thank you Mary.. I just started out on my blog a couple of weeks back so I’m still getting used to it all. after reading your reply here I checked out my spam box and found 2 I should have replied too. All’s well that ends well 🙂


  3. bluebee says:

    A lovely poem, and how fascinating about the walking rocks. Nature loves her mysteries.


  4. montucky says:

    I like your poem! I think nature will always be there. Mankind, however….


  5. And what a lovely model for your pictures. He looks so inquisitive.


    • You are absolutely correct! Not only is he inquisitive, he has a very creative imagination.
      The day that I took these photos, he was giving me the grand tour of his rock collection. He gave me an in-depth explanation of each rock. Some had come flying in from far distant planets, others had begun their lives deep inside fiery volcanoes, and some proved that his yard used to be deep beneath the ocean waters.
      A few years after these photos were taken, we made a photo story featuring him as the “king of trees and bushes.” He came up with the ideas for the pictures, before anything was actually written.
      Later, working around the pictures, I wrote the story down on paper. I posted the end result under the title “Revolt of the Green World.” Without a doubt, he is definitely fun to work with! 🙂


  6. Martin Drury says:

    Lovely story, and thanks for liking my photo essay, Korora Sunrise, I am now following you.


  7. SPFischer says:

    Lovely post with a strong message, Mary. Wonder what this boy will end up doing with his passion as he gets older? Sure would be an interesting follow-up down the road.


    • I wonder too! He loves animals (specifically seals and other ocean creatures), so he would be a great marine biologist. On the other hand, he also loves rocks and has enough patience to carefully look for things in the earth, so a job as an archaeologist would be a good fit (although I don’t know how many “Indiana Jones” job openings there are). I just searched online to see if there is such a thing as “The Man Who Talks to Rocks.” OH MY! To my surprise, there is one!!


  8. gpcox says:

    Excellent story and nicely told – message received.


    • I will tell him to let the rocks know the message has been received.
      They will be very happy. Admittedly, it’s kind of hard to tell a happy rock from a sad rock…but if you hold it in your hand…you will know!


  9. Mags Corner says:

    Very nice way to get out the message that we should take care of the earth. What you said is so true. Adorable pictures. Hugs


  10. I think we would all be mermaids/mermen if there were no rocks – or not exist at all. Very thought provoking and really quite beautiful! 🙂


    • Uh oh…if there were no rocks, I’m not sure there would be an ocean floor to hold the water in. Would be a wee bit of a mess. 🙂 ’tis true….we might not be able to exist at all.


  11. jimibodansko says:

    remember the person who came up with the idea of “pet rocks ” many a moon ago …..
    wasn’t that bad of an idea at the time as the moment seemed to be ripe …. :o)


  12. Mary, what a great way to get an important message across…and I love the photos! Yes, we are stewards of our environment and must treat it the land as sacred ground.


  13. windhound says:

    My boys also had and as adults have, a fascination for rocks – an eye for the value of small things.


  14. How funny, my husband talks to rocks 🙂


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