RockHound Poetry, Placed at the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

Filed under: regular postings — Gary December 22, 2006 @ 5:31 am

While surfing the net last night I bumped into several good sites owned by Terrell William “Terry” Proctor, J.D and on one site there was rockhound poetry.  Once I read it I had to ask if I could reprint it here as it was very good (it placed twice in 2 different competitions)…enjoy!

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.
“Used with prior written permission of the author, T. W. Proctor, J.D., which must be obtained before use elsewhere. Contact at

© 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

If you wish to contact the author: Phone (713) 453-8338 OR FAX (713) 453-3232 OR email

Thanks again Terry….

His sites all link to this: 

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