This poem appeared in the August 2000 Backbenders Gazette, the publication of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society.
"The Rockhound" won Fourth place in the 2001 competition of Adult Poetry
category of the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies & Eighth place
in the 2001 competition of Adult Poetry of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.


© 2000 Terrell William "Terry" Proctor, J.D.

The day is dark and wet and cold,
A high level of ozone and mold;
It's a great day to stay at home,
This is no time to get out and roam;
It's a time to write or paint or read,
Getting cold and wet, I don't need.

But at home, I cannot stay,
Our Club's Field Trip is TODAY!!!
Boots go on, hat on my head,
Hammer in hand, get out the lead;
First a drive, then a walk,
Find the place--from the talk.

Looking for a fossil, mineral or gem,
In a cave or a mountain rim;
Luck and skill, go hand in hand,
On private or government land;
Tension builds, how will I fare?
Only Leverite, or something rare.

Its important that I know,
Rules of collecting, as I go;
Ask permission, before I pick,
Anything up, or break a stick;
I must protect our Club's good name,
Future Rockhounds don't need my shame.

No matter what, the conditions are,
or whether the location, is near or far;
When our Club has a Field Trip planned,
other things from my mind are banned;
Its time for stress to unravel,
Come on Rockhounds--Let's travel!!!

written by Terrell William "Terry" Proctor, J.D.
27 July 2000 @ 1:30 P.M.
at Houston, Texas

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