Naming Mountains

September 3, 2015

The words that touched my heart this morning… The first people who came here to stay learned the mountain names from the mountains themselves.

And a koan is added, “What do mountains forget?”

The Little Planet Daily

The peaks around here look down
across the patched blanket of fields and forests
seeing all and seeing what lies beyond the time of menand small shadows.

They see their own faces,
they know their own names
without being told:

Loowit of the lost sylvan shoulders,
Wy’ east of the pendant throat,
Klickitat of the white fox fur coat.

What maps know is what mountains
forget in the blink of a winter’s eye,
the storms washing their faces of any misgivings.

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