This poem appeared in the ?????? 2001 Backbenders Gazette, the publication of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society.
"Ain't Rockhounding Great" won Fourth place in the 2002 competition of Adult Poetry
category of the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies & Eighth place.


© 2001 Terrell William "Terry" Proctor, J.D.

Igneous, Metamorphic & Sedimentary,
Three types of rocks, elementary!
Now the knowledge of the rock within,
That's next the place to begin.

Vertebrate, invertebrate and more,
Echinoderm, Annelida or Carnivore.
Our Earth holds such a store of treasure,
There simply is no way to measure.

When Rockhounds go out afield,
Enthusiasm is unconcealed.
Searching for treasures to unearth
Cannot but help, to fill one with mirth.

Knowing you may be, the person to find
a special fossil, one of a kind;
Or locate a gemstone of great value,
With lovely color, you can see through.

Slicing an old rock with a diamond blade,
'til its lovely surface is displayed.
Casting a piece of jewelry, oh so fine,
It must be perfect, because its mine.

Mineral clubs are such great fun
If you don't belong, go join one.
Fees are small compared to the reward
I'll guarantee, you'll never be bored.

written by Terrell William "Terry" Proctor, J.D.
on 6 October 2001 @ 2:05 P.M.
in Houston, Texas

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