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Oak Knoll
Robert Walton


Yellow chert with cinnamon swirls,
Flint and jade serpentine
Put a shine on my
When I dug your grave today.
There was no other place,
For this is your rise,
Your swell
Beneath a young valley oak
With the ranch resting
In the lap of these hills.
You came here to see the new barley
And Penny's tomatoes -
Plump as babies' bottoms -
And grandbabies grown,
Rolling downhill through lupine,
Through scarlet owl clover.
To thump against the garden fence,
Making the tomatoes dance.
If souls have duty
Beyond death,
Then yours
Is here.

© by Robert Walton.
Used with the author's permission.


Robert Walton is a retired middle school teacher and a lifelong rock climber with many ascents in the Sierras and Pinnacles National Park. His publishing credits include works of science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. Robert’s historical novel, Dawn Drums, won the Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction in the 2014 New Mexico Book Awards. Most recently, his book, Joaquin's Gold, was published as a paperback and a Kindle eBook. It offers fictional adventures about the famous California bandit, Joaquin Murrieta. Learn more about Robert at



Post New Comment:
Dorothy WildhagenD:
Actually, I think this is lovely; to be buried where I lived, loved, and had my being.
Posted 07/21/2018 08:33 PM
Robert Walton:
Thank-you all for your thoughtful comments on my poem. I'm glad I got the chance to share it here!
Posted 07/21/2018 07:38 PM
Mary Lou Taylor:
Beautifully worded. And thoughtful.
Posted 07/21/2018 05:24 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful language, beautiful poem.
Posted 07/21/2018 01:17 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Beautiful description and story. Who wouldn't want their final resting place to be on a ranch surrounded by the people and scenery that we love.
Posted 07/21/2018 10:33 AM
Quite beautiful. He is a master!
Posted 07/21/2018 10:13 AM
Artfully crafted.
Posted 07/21/2018 07:45 AM
Love the conflation of tomatoes and soul! Such originality! I'm taking notes Robert.
Posted 07/21/2018 07:41 AM
Larry Schug:
"Oak Knoll" illustrates so perfectly the coexistence of everything within what is. I like the ending very much.
Posted 07/21/2018 07:25 AM

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