Kathleen Reiman

(2-23-70 / California)

Granite Mountain II


Granite
Heart deeply reaching;
Scared sides, pinion's burned,
Lion's silenced screams reverberating
Off boulders cracked and scared black by passing Inferno
Winter's still and silent grip close upon her wounded face. Holding hostage earth's primal healing.
Spring.
A coming promise not realized.
A sleeping of a million dreams.
A new awakening.
The air filled with sweet sounds:
Birds rioting, grass growing, new trees reaching timidly for the azure sky as the Mountain watches stoically;
reaching deeply into time
Primeval wisdom revealing healing secrets long held in the ancient rocks.
Fire's searing cleansing creates abundant new life.

Submitted: Monday, April 07, 2014
Edited: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Topic(s): Fire


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This poem was written after the Doce Fire decimated the mountain where I love to ride my horses. There are two versions of this shape poem. The shape aspect does not work on poemhunter. This poem was written for my Master's grammar class for an exercise on teaching kids how to write shape poetry.

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