The Mountain, the Climber

 


Look at me, I’m the mountain, the lion of noon

My heart is an endless blue ice catacomb

My ruffled slate glitters, my spires feather -white

Your brand-name synthetic tent shudders all night;

 

Through the cracks of my body, cerulean ice flows

I’ve turned crashing waves into glistening stone

You tether and clip by aluminum rungs

Still the vaporless moon runs black in your lungs

 

Look down at your boot, abyss and freefall

Your mitten hand scraping the vertical wall

The sun snowblinds on primordial shale

Your flapping ropes strain, then billow like sail

 

In the valley of silence your ears ring and burst

Your eyes reflect back the curved seam of earth

You’re seeking my summit, the raven’s flint face

The blue sky that thins into blackness and space.

 

I am the mountain, my throne and my will

Stem low-lying clouds with the tip of my quill

The ceiling of stars sweeps the bend in my neck

My forearm at rest above each continent

 

At midnight I summit the earth as she sleeps,

So warm with despair, the wounds in her deep

My eyes shine with cold, I cradle the sphere;

And then there is you, asleep by my ear

 

My peaks glint like diamonds, my snow smokes like steam

The galaxy mimics the arc of my wings

No god has such power as one word from my stars

Yet your flashlight: a flicker, a hot beating heart

 

Your fingers just fibers, your ice pick half clings

To a cirrus of atoms, to carbon and strings

I see you ascend by the sheer Lhotse face

I perch by your path, you are never safe

 

And watching you seek me, I see who I am

I remember that coat, that frail frozen hand

You are what I am, and I’m what you’ll be

When your body lays strewn and your greatness is free

 

Look at me, I’m the mountain, the lion of noon

My heart is an endless blue ice catacomb

My ruffled slate glitters, my spires feather-white

I’m the dream of what’s coming; through the veil, to the light.

 

 

copyright © K. Dawn Goodwin 2016

more amazing photography at http://www.ousland.com

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