Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mountain in West Virginia


Mountain in West Virginia

On the lone mountain
there is only sky above,
and rock below
my hands
and climbing feet

and far below is the forest

its shadows and soft trees
like clouds, like waves moving
with the hot wind from the valleys

rising up the hills with voices

of old lusts   old dreams
old terrors

but somewhere
in the forest the lichen
is green--the creek wet
and cold

1 comment:

Martin Stepek said...

Very beautiful John. Gentle, quiet. Lyrical yet deeply simple. Thank you.