Monday, July 15, 2019

the spirit to lift

put into our place

great mountains shout of presence and absence:
here in Canmore and Banff, Alberta, Canada,
the valley is flat and rich and comfortable,
while just out the window mountains erupt upwards
as if to elder us, to lift us up
by putting us in our place,
and helping us lift up our eyes, and then our spirit,
unto the greatness of the divine,
which, though beyond us, can be in us,
if we open ourselves rightly,

mountains have presence,
partly because they reveal absence:
the peak above the valley,
the divine beyond the mortal,
but also within us
when we allow our spirit to lift.

by Henry H. Walker
July 12, ‘19

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