state natural area poems #45: magnolia bluff

magnolia bluff is the second highest point in rock county, in the county’s western uplands area. the undisturbed cliff-side reveals the two primary forms of bedrock in the county: st. peter sandstone and dolomite limestone. the western ridge also harbors a population of the endangered plant, kitten tails(!).


here limestone and sandstone meet,

bare themselves for all

naked to the eye and light


standing on the place-rock

the winter sun sets

we are mammals seeking warmth

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