Sunday, April 20, 2014

The masonry of crystals

It’s more covalent,
less ionic
with rows prevalent
on atomic
scale of being and
such small seeing.

Less ambivalent
more ironic
when stacking meant
the sardonic
scale of bricks and
atoms’ tricks.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Watch iron rust
and see wood rot
but brick you trust
that it will not.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Parge coat

To make masonry walls like alabaster
It takes some fussing and some doting
Using a trowel, and mortar or plaster
Squeeze and press that parge coating.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


If a masonry dome is placed on top
of a square or hexagonal or octagonal room
the dome and the room will fit lop
sided, not at  all, not now, not any time soon.

But by making the dome and the room both fit
and being creative and inventive
the mason contrives a dome that will sit
upon a contrivance called a pedentive.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Today, Science tells us that the essence of nature is potential.
You may be ruled by stagnation without realizing it. Do not let it obliterate the richness of your myth. We can no longer afford to live with suffering. Pain is the antithesis of joy.
Reality has always been electrified with messengers whose essences are transformed into freedom. We are in the midst of a karmic awakening of transformation that will enable us to access the multiverse itself. We are at a crossroads of grace and materialism.
Deepak Chopra is not a mason, and I guess he's never laid a brick.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Masonry in nature

Nature’s masons are all around us
The turtle, the tortoise and seahorse
Thor’s Hero shrew’s spine confounds us

Radiolaria and mollusks of course
Coral and the sea anemone
With spikes so tough they do force

Surrender by the attacking enemy.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Permanence of the flying buttress

A mechanism must be in place
for an arch to collapse
in both masonry time and space
then failure will perhaps

Occur because hinges form
allowing the arch to fold
the arch’s fate is torn
before it even gets too old.

But a gothic flying buttress
has no such possible way
for arch collapse to fret us
no mechanism any day

No hinge can ever work
it simply isn’t able
for flying buttress to lurch
is the stuff of fable.

A flying buttress can only fall
from a direct lightning hit
or settling underneath it all
perfect design, sums up it.