The mountain

Red_Fuji_southern_wind_clear_morning

—  looms in massy grandeur
—  glaciers and dark passes
—  avalanches (like a verb)
—  through fringe of eucalypts
—  mineral riches to light a thousand Chinese powerstations
—  uncomplaining at day’s early dusk
—  Mum in the darkening room
—  dry winds off the summit
—  potatoes and gravy
—  grit on the water glass
—  inhaler on the bedside
—  kids just can’t sit still, synaptic noise.
—  He comes in heavy silence
—  blackened nails on the table cloth.


Image: Red Fuji, southern wind clear morning, c. 1830, Katsushika Hokusai [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. And here’s Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band with The Mountain.

4 thoughts on “The mountain

  1. Megawatts of power in this piece, Peter. I fear I have a one-blackened-track mind, but I don’t blame the miner for killing his son and the world. He doesn’t know better, it’s all in an honest days work.

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