Posts Tagged ‘mountain’

November 18: In the Hira Mountains

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2011 at 12:26 am

for not having bathed
ever fiber of your tired being
in that high river valley.

silver water was crackling like foil
across autumn’s riotous carpet;
veridian shoals of liverwort
breathed slow misty kisses;
and a lone cedar
made mournful love to the sky.

Sole witness to it all: this humble acolyte.



Painting by R. Waiksnis

November 16

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I crossed the northern ridge

and fall fluttered into view.

You who feel that line:

I wonder what you

would have done later with

the rich silence that

gentled on the mountain

and the spider trembling

in her iridescent web.

August 11: Mountain, Lake, Sky

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 1:12 am

Ice Age levers and the fiery earth
took care of two of you,
thrusting up stone and pine,
slow-carving the blue-green vessel
in which I snort and paddle.

Me with my firefly life!

Those who came before us,
they knew the deal.
They understood
that the rocks at their feet
would outlast any empire.
That’s what heaven was for:
a consolation prize
for our strobe-light spans.

The handful of lakewater I scoop out
has atoms from Shakespeare’s body.
That’s what nature does to us.
We will not last.

The light dances down the slopes
hovers a moment
to grace my daughter’s hair
and is gone.

July 31

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 2:07 am

Attacked Atago Mountain
too quickly this morning:

the buzzing flies
and silent slopes

were the only witnesses
to my failure.

In the shadow of the peak
resting on moss
I plot my revenge.