Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

PEDERNALES FALLS

Robert C. Hamilton

No words can outlast the silence
cut into these limestone walls

like a memory of a glacier’s
reluctant coda

as it escapes the muddy landscape
boring channels for flash floods.

All of this was once inland sea
waiting to crumple

into that gloaming. Then the heat:
annealed to half-Eden,

a bone-white land is drilled full of the caves
of indeterminacy.

They tell you to build your low-slung ranch home
on solid ground —

but what draws us here is something quite other,
the quiet veins,

pools and crevasses that have hoisted chalk-white flags
to let the trickling water have its way:

cracking the karst like dead leaves,
its mineral glaze in ochre-and-mint

spreads outward. A seeping, slow ink
lingers like guilt.

And if water runs out of limestone and you
run out of names and indices

you will finally admit that nothing invulnerable
has power to enthrall for long.