Fierce Beauty – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Mish is hosting Posery with an invitation to using a line form TS Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land.’

dVerse Poets – Prosery – The Waste Land

The line offered and which must be included is: “What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish?”

Photo: an example of eremophila taken at Niagara near Kookynie.

“According to ancient mythology, trees link the earth to the sky. In this respect trees link humans to another world.” Richard Allen

Fierce Beauty

The eastern goldfields suffer only the strong or determined living in the extremities across these vast open plains of mostly dry laterite and also quartz, granite and sandstone outcrops populated by shy fauna and rugged flora. The summer is merciless, the winter winds penetrate layers. The rainfall is pitiful, the reason the state government commissioned the grand and ambitious Goldfields Water Supply Scheme in 1896.

When the rains do come they seem to evaporate before they touch the surface soil, and it is a wonder that anything could grow in such a place. Which raises the question, what are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish? Dozens in fact, varieties of eucalyptus, acacia, eremophila, grevillea, and callistemon tenaciously hang on out here where humans wilt. When the sun is fierce, the soil unforgiving, the trees are beautifully fiercer.

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31 responses to “Fierce Beauty – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Perfect

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  2. A great story Paul. Nature, it seems, always outmaneuvers us humans.

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  3. Great job using that quote ~~~ bravo!

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  4. A refreshing response to the prompt. I’m always fascinated by the strength of plants and trees. Love where you took this and that you brought answers to the Eliot’s line in this piece.

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  5. Excellent response to the prompt! I’m gaining such an appreciation for the beauty of your homeland through your poetry.

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  6. Nice. And it is the second time I see eremophilia mentioned in a blog. My wife, a chemist, analyzed a plant of that family.
    All well Paul?

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  7. I have always been fascinated by extremophiles, both plants and animals living in areas that most beings would find intolerable.

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  8. Beautifully written, Paul. The prompt lines slid in effortlessly.

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  10. lync56

    A remembering of this amazing landscape


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