Eminence

photoart & poem ~ ©2018 ~ Laura Granby

“The mountains are so dominant
that some days the people refuse
to look at them as children
turn away from the fathers who beat them”
Jim Harrison – Songs of Unreason

I am beaten in my heart
the pulse racing in another direction
to climb is to clamber, slip-sliding fall
ascension of vertigo, the swoon that swivels
upside-down and sea-sick in the sky
we people of the valleys cannot turn our eyes away
ever rising from the horizon, clad in clouds
moody as a chameleon – livid, vivid purple peaks
casts from blue to yellow and paler still
wafery opaque in wishful moments of its vanishing
but the bluff is called, the mountain never moves
resolute as rock, tormenter of flesh
the sacrifices it has blessed through time
are never enough

Joining Jilly for her pick of Jim Harrison prompts on Day 12 of 28 Days of Unreason
Also heading for the Imaginary Garden and a colourful Tuesday Platform

30 Comments on “Eminence

  1. I like the way the sounds of your word choices played so beautifully together and added another level of feeling to tackling that ascent.

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  2. The mighty mountains! Great words for its humongous personality.

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    • Thank you – I especially liked the notion of ’eminence’

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    • ‘the going up was worth the coming down’ as Mr Kristofferson once said

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  3. You have made very effective use of colour in this magnificent scene.

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    • thank you Kerry – it was a coincidental match for the Tuesday Platform

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  4. Dizzying poem – love it! Livid, vivid and the bluff is called – peaks in a poem full of great lines and images.

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  5. It is wonderful living underneath the gaze of a mountain. One’s eyes return to it again and again. I like the idea of vertigo as being “sea-sick in the sky”.

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    • not first-hand but imagine it thus!

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    • thank you Vivian – your flowing reference was what I’d hoped for [but it also made me mindful that some mountains are deadly to the valley folk as currently in Haiti & Guatemala – sometimes hard to keep blogging in the face of such realities – hence my Considerations page ]

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  6. The mountain can be the shadow we live under… it can inspire our awe, or erupt in explosions… living close to a mountain marks us in a special way.

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    • thank you – head over heels and sky becomes a blue sea!

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    • was lucky that line came to me to start me off for this prompt – thank you!

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    • a momentum that is more like rolling downhill than climbing – many thanks Merril

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    • your poem too had such a great spin 🙂

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  7. kaykuala

    tormentor of flesh
    the sacrifices it has blessed through time
    are never enough

    Gigantic and menacing it continues to appear formidable. Great close Laura!

    Hank

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    • all those animal and human sacrifices one way or another! – thank you Hank

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