Holy Mountain [Tahoma]

Karen Doten

“Great is the Lord
      and greatly to be praised
          in the city of our God.
  His holy mountain,
      beautiful in elevation,
          is the joy of all the earth.
      Mount Zion, in the far north,
          the city of the Great King.” ~ Psalm 48:1-2

When the mountain
    lifts her skirts
        her glaciered vales
        her graceful ridges
    suck the breath
out of a grown man

There is no mystery
    why the natives
        called her goddess
        her children gods
    as apt to rain fire
as rivers of sockeye

Beneath the tree`line
    among the giants
        red firs and cedars
        roam elk and deer
    without any fear
with godly audacity

Mountains are holy
    in every legend
        be it historical
        or mythological
for immortal gods


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Holy Mountain [Tahoma]

  1. our mountains are but hills compared to the spectacular cascades – but nonetheless holy


  2. And the sound of music resonates throughout the hills
    Gifted by the sweetness of a gentle wind that whispers
    Of love, and sacrifice and the free gift of will.

    Liked by 1 person

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