Tuesday, September 6, 2016

first principles

what do you want?

Bury your unhappiness
deep into the soil
and watch as nature takes what is honest
but selfish
and knits it into
the pattern of her many lives.

To reach the mountain peak--
     feel the pull of soil
        underneath your fingertips
            test each rock
                for solid grip
                    and footing---
your face is brushed
by a bracing wind
no grass withstands
just gorse growing in
sheltered crevices

to the silence of the wind
to the muted bleating of the sheep

nothing burns here
but rock and stars.

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