According to what Daniel Webster
thought about the Old Man of the Mountain, he said:
"Men hand out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers
hand out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a
gold tooth; but up in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out
a sign to show that there he makes men. Daniel Webster
The "Old Man of the Mountain" is gone, but never forgotten. On May 3, 2003 all of New Hampshire suffered a great loss. Some even felt the need
to put their thoughts into words.
I have selected a couple of writings that I think show the true meaning of what "The Old Man" meant to all of us. He was a beautiful spotlight for New Hampshire as he was watching over us.
Ageless antiquity wearing me thin
All of the elements pounding again
Upon my weathered and ancient brow
The ravages of time have taken me now
I stared for millennia across grassy fields
I saw when they came, to reap all the yields
First by the handful, then by the score
They carved out their homes, they opened the door.
As simple as I was, they looked up to me
And made me a symbol, of all they would be
They came by the thousands, recorded my face
They made me an icon, a giant with grace.
But no one, not even a stone man like me
Can stand here forever, even I must now sleep
So as they all dreamed of things I can't know
I slipped from this mountain to rest far below.
But I am not gone, I have done what I must
You say "ashes to ashes", but I am the dust
But keep to my memories, bid me "adieux"
And cherish each moment as I have with you.
The Will Of A Rock
Some people think a rock can't talk,
you can see,
I'm not just any old rock,
A lot of good people
gave me a spirit,
And I've got things I need to say,
or two that I need to pay,
And I want everyone to see and hear
You see them Crosses out
Well, some of them are for
New Hampshire Sons and
They believed in a Creed,
"Live Free Or
And they answered a call,
Now their graffiti of arms,
legs and lives
Are scattered all over the wall
As for my
I would be pleased
If little parts of me,
placed near or with
Each New Hampshire Star
In the line of honor and duty
After the date:
And when the last little me is
I'll be at peace and rest
Knowing that I'm all over this
And side by side with New Hampshire's
Submitted by Paul
Brief description of
concept: ...the Old Man in his prime overlooking a large cemetery
field of white crosses.........