Mountains

I’ve walked the grey paths
beneath the snow line,
past streams carving the land
like knife blades,

and I’ve hung between here
and there,
on the ropes slung over
the abyss, trusting the builder.

I’ve been in the high places,
where you snatch at the air,
afraid of drowning. I’ve been
higher than eagles,

still straining to look higher.

 

For Jilly’s Unreason month, riffing on Jim Harrison quotations. Today’s is: 

“The mountains are so dominant
that some days the people refuse
to look at them as children
turn away from the fathers who beat them”

~ Jim Harrison  from Songs of Unreason