On the Mountain

On the mountain
life goes on as usual
Dawn breaks;
the sun tracing a long, deliberate path
The river
swollen with spring rain
rushes forever downhill;
carving a channel into ancient rock
Standing at the summit
above the deep, dark green of the forest
you can see all the way to eternity
The peaks
shrouded in low-hanging clouds;
almost ghostly in the early morning light

Far below
the towns and farms spread
as far as the imagination can see
People run to and fro
searching for that elusive step up
But here
on the rooftops
time slows
and success means something different

Storms come;
the thunder seeming to come from everywhere
Lighting strikes
illuminating the purple sky
Rain pelts from thunderheads so clos
you could touch them if you dared
And the wind
roaring around edges
bringing a hurricane of leaves
and needles
and bark
Branches break
and shingles take flight
Still
the gusts grow
threatening to blow everything into oblivion
At some point
the clouds clear
The sun returns
bringing back the light
The rays beat down
on simmering rock
sending waves of vapor drifting upward

In the evening
as the sun slips behind the jagged horizon
all is calm
in the perfect balance of light and dark
Soon the moon will emerge
followed by stars slightly closer than most
But for now
nothing matters but the hue of colors
painting the western sky
and the crickets
singing with all their might
doing all they can
to hold back the night

Can you see it?
I think you can
if you try

Tomorrow is another day
when the sun will rise again
as it always has
The river will run
The wind will blow
and life will go on
When it comes down to it
what else is there?

Day give way to night
People do what it takes
Time passes;
the same as everywhere else
But those who choose
to make this place their own
know different;
know that things are almost the same
but not quite

The mountain keeps its secrets
and life goes on
 

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