shapeofthings: (fight)
Rupac ruins hike


This path, slow trod, unknown
of terminus, winds through fine
worn desert dust and far icy
crowns of Andes...

Terraced slopes for stepping
up-and-down-and-sideways:
I fall, get up, keep going,
climbing, breathing...

Worn thin by many passing
feet of others going seeking,
bearing in a pilgrim heart the
brilliant ache of living...

(joy and sorrow seep from same
deep wells plumbed firmly
in the psyche) and I will
always go on walking.


P.S. Desert prettiness at TheShapeOfThingsToCome - go look!
shapeofthings: (bloop!)
Mapleton6


Water

Water in braids and tumbles, shells of spray,
heaves of clear glass and solemn geeneyes pools,
eel-tails and quick-meanders, goes its way
fretting this savaged basalt with its tools.

Where from the hot rick-edge I drop my hands
and see their bones spread out like tugging weed,
each finger double-winged with ampersands
that stand above the current's talking speed.

Such sentences, such cadences of speech
the tongjing water stutters in its race
as may have set us talking each to each
before our language found its proper pace;

since we are chanelled by its running stream.
A skin of water glitters on your eye,
and 'round your skull a halo of faint steam
breathes up to join the spindrift in the sky

Judith Wright


Mapleton7

Mapleton Falls, Mapleton Falls National Park, Blackall Ranges, Queensland, Australia

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