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A View

The narrow path towards Mt Toolbrunup
inclines through fragrant green enclosing wood.
He forged ahead, I kept up best I could.
A tumbled boulder slope leads ever up.

A wall of shale and quartzite borders right
and white mist tendrils slipped across its face.
I turned for one last gaze, as cool embrace
of cloud bathed all things near in pallid light.

The peak was wrapped in solitary peace.
We sat on massive thicket creviced slabs,
all patched with hard white crinkled lichen scabs,
in arbitrary mountain clime's caprice.

I lingered when he left for just a while,
a space to sample isolation's charms.
Then down the slick wet rocks ungainly style,
discreet descent on rear end, heels and palms.

We missed the view and so we have avowed
to reach that veiled unbounded space again
and maybe if we're fortunate, well then…
once more, we'll sit within a mountain's cloud.

Submitted: Friday, August 31, 2012


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  • Thomas Carolan (3/22/2014 5:31:00 PM)

    well thought out poem good skill in moments of movement i can only imagine

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  • Stephen W (2/22/2014 2:32:00 PM)

    Like this very much. Very skilled.

  • * Sunprincess * (11/4/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    this poem is nicely written, it captured my attention again... also reminds me of the views on the cherohala skyway...
    would love to have seen the view which inspired this write... love the poem :)

  • Gillian Commerford (11/4/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    very good, will read more.

  • Lyn Paul (11/4/2013 8:05:00 AM)

    What a picture you have painted for us all. Thankyou

  • * Sunprincess * (9/14/2012 10:24:00 PM)

    wow...i bet this was a most spectacular view...love it... :)

  • Constance K Yost (9/7/2012 7:54:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem-could have been written only by someone who was there.I'm afraid to get on a ladder, yet I
    enjoyed this adventurous writing.

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (9/6/2012 12:15:00 PM)

    An excellent poem.Description is fantastic.I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks and best wishes

  • Valsa George (9/3/2012 5:16:00 AM)

    The trekking through' fragrant green enclosing woods' to the moutainous terrain over the 'shale with white mist tendrils slipped across its face' and your rest on' the creviced slabs patched with lichen scabs' must have been a mystifying experience! GREAT! !

  • Danny Draper (9/3/2012 4:50:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem rich in experience and description. The second verse is sublime in its descriptive imagery. Such finesse. Thank you.

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