"A few hours' mountain climbing make of a rogue and a saint
two fairly equal creatures."
"I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain.
And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land."
Midweek Motif ~ Mountain
Mountains draw me to them, perhaps because I was born in the shadow of the Catskill Mountains and played on mountain sides as a child. Heights and metaphors both scared me at one time, but I never could stay away. Can you?
Challenge: Let's take each other into the mountains with this week's new poem ~ or at least onto one "mountain" of your choice.
BY LI PO
TRANSLATED BY SAM HAMILL
The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.
Li Po, “Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain,” translated by Sam Hamill from Crossing the Yellow River:
Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese. Copyright © 2000 by Sam Hamill.
excerpt from Chattanooga
BY ISHMAEL REED
Some say that Chattanooga is the
Old name for Lookout Mountain
To others it is an uncouth name
Used only by the uncivilised
Our a-historical period sees it
As merely a town in Tennessee
To old timers of the Volunteer State
Chattanooga is “The Pittsburgh of
According to the Cherokee
Chattanooga is a rock that
Comes to a point
They’re all right
Chattanooga is something you
Can have anyway you want it
The summit of what you are
I’ve paid my fare on that
Mountain Incline #2, Chattanooga
I want my ride up
I want Chattanooga
. . . .
(Read the rest HERE at the Poetry Foundation.)
I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow
on the mountain. But when I look up,
saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in
the uppermost branches.
I don’t cut that one.
I don’t cut the others either.
Suddenly, in every tree,
an unseen nest
where a mountain
for Drago Štambuk
[Used here without permission.] Tess Gallagher, "Choices" from Midnight Lantern:New and Selected Poems.
Copyright © 2011 by Tess Gallagher. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press.
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in the spirit of the community.
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(Next week, Sumana's Midweek Motif will be Courage. )
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Woooo hoooo its time for Midweek Motif :D sharing my poem "Mountain of Ice." Hope you all like it. As always thanks for inspiring us Susan :D
Lots of love,
Love sent right back, Sanaa. You make Ice desirable.Delete
Thank you Susan :D :DDelete
Thank you for making the hills alive - not sure we are saints but we clamber up a few mountains ;)ReplyDelete
Absolutely, Jae Rose, we definitely cannot avoid our peaks and valleys. Glad you are here.Delete
Good Wednesday to everyone! I hope by the end of this week we have a 'mountain' of poetry here to read. Thanks for the prompt, Susan.ReplyDelete
It feels like a fine anthology each week. Happy day, Mary. Thank you for Poets United!Delete
Thank you for the prompt, Susan. Looking forward to this week's poems!ReplyDelete
Good morning, Poets United! I was up late trying to reduce the mountain of things in my suitcase to a more reasonable size. The choices one has to make when traveling! But now I have coffee in hand and I'm ready for the anthology of mountain poems you create for this prompt. What a beautiful sunny day!ReplyDelete
Hello everyone! thank goodness I was able to write this this week. It is about two mountains I've known in life. I will be stopping by everyone's poems this evening as I have a lot of homework to do right now! Peace out!ReplyDelete
Glad you could make it, James, and leave us such an amazing poem.Delete
Good morning, friends. A mountain of longing seemed to well up with this prompt......safe travels, Susan, and enjoy every minute of your wonderful writer's retreat. I am down-Island this morning to see a doctor, but will make my rounds as I travel, on my spiffy xmas tablet!ReplyDelete
A Christmas tablet is like a flying carpet, isn't it? I am still speechless from the supernatural force of your poem which I have been riding into my own locations. Travel well, Sherry.Delete
Beautiful prompt! Just linked in my poem. Hoping to read all the lovely poems.ReplyDelete
Welcome, Ramya. I'll see you out there in this weekly anthology!Delete
Hello everyone! Thanks for the wonderful prompt, Susan.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed writing on it. Looking forward to read all the wonderful poems here :)
Glad to see you, Purba. Have a great day.Delete
Hello everyone. Please forgive me, as my post for this week's prompt is very personal and dark. Just hope, I have reached the standard, as last week.ReplyDelete
Your post resounds! All poetry, I think, reaches out to others when you start with what you know. I'm happy to welcome you, Therisa.Delete
Hello everyone. Am late again...sorry! Lack of time is just an excuse. :) It's pretty late...so I need to come back tomorrow to read the other entries. Himalayan grandeur is breathtaking!ReplyDelete
I hope all is well, Panchali! It's good to see you here.Delete
Sorry Im late the post was written but have been away all day.ReplyDelete
Thanks Susan for another fantastic prompt - I always marvel at the different peaks where people gather inspiration from.
You are not late. Welcome. Thanks for adding your peaks to the rest.Delete
This is a great prompt to begin with. I am truly excited. Thanks Susan.ReplyDelete
Welcome, Mubeen. Thank you for joining us!Delete
a lil busy. So late.
one of my favourite themes to introspect n write.
Hi All, This is my first time here and have posted my poem on my favourite mountain. Thank you so much Susan :-)ReplyDelete