A Mountaineer’s Lament

Found on a ridge on
A lonely trail.

You cannot find it if
You looked even so
Hard. Down deep tunnels in
Quiet mountains. In
Trees and lakes in
Towns that died long
Ago. You cannot
Find it.

More so think to see
It in sunshine mist on half-
Cold winter days. The form
Far off on hills that almost seem
To wave,
To us…

A lone bird that sits
Pensive in the cool
Morning air. You

Cannot find
It even if you looked even
So hard,
So still.

9 thoughts on “A Mountaineer’s Lament

  1. Truedessa December 11, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    I wonder why can’t the reader find it and what exactly are we looking for? I am looking for that peaceful state of being perhaps to hear that lonely birds song as nature is slowly disappearing.

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  2. Sherry Blue Sky December 11, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    The sense of looking for what can’t be found is pervasive here. I enjoyed reading this, and wondering what is being sought.

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  3. Mary December 11, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Looking for the bird, so hard, so hard. I do wonder why the search.

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  4. thotpurge December 12, 2016 / 2:12 am

    Stillness…how can you find stillness while you are still looking…this poem is many layered.

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  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade December 12, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Yes I can. I find it in that lone bird.

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  6. Kerry O'Connor December 12, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    I like this poem, Matthew, that you leave something to the imagination, the collective consciousness of lost things, when the search itself is what is important.

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  7. ZQ December 12, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Not only interesting but a delight to read.

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  8. Jae Rose December 14, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    Sometimes if we look too hard we can’t see – i love the suggestion of being a bird.. you would think from a tree branch you could see more.. but i guess all horizon are similar

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