‘Mount Solitude’ and Other Poetry by Ruth Hill The Society February 7, 2013 Poetry Mount Solitude Snow shelves sit like sentinels Waiting for a tuft-eared lynx Stacked like dishes jutting jewels Balance weights on tiny chinks Dripping in the sun all day Frozen stiff in lunar light Every ochre brown in play Moss and snow for green and white Painters’ knives have layered slices Millions upon million years Chopped again the melted splices Burst in fire were washed in tears Nothing climbs atop, you see No shrew to toss a pebble down Not one barren windswept tree Ice for a filigree crown Far above a soaring eagle Sees this lonely halo high Lacking gemstones thought more regal Lends his glinting ruby eye Can’t Imagine I can’t imagine how they step upon the ice like shards of glass between the pungees of the forest or human-littered grass I can’t imagine sprongy springs Achilles heel attached allowing them to fly at will o’er windfalls, fences, creeks, unmatched I can’t imagine belly cold pink skin tight, cheeks sucked in, trembling, misty breath, noses nipped and numb, thin fur, thin veins, throbbing, tingling I can’t imagine lying down in snow, atop snow, under snow no straw or bed to lay my head shivering in that slivering blow Grey Owl, Visiting I’ve gone into the woods, where hanging mosses eat the air. Fog is drenching everywhere. Coiling clouds paint all things grey. Charcoal bark, bone branches fray, dead from dark, driftwood-bare, bay. Someone raised the falling dew with rising mists: I wonder who? Dry sunbeams float, far and few. Striped birches, black and white, sink. Jet black creek, calligraphy ink, curves into pond, sunrise pink. Happy to see me, Grey Owl? What’s under your painted scowl? Curious cat, how you prowl! Triple-lidded, dished-in eyes, apoplectic surprise: wonder why they call you “wise?” I, who listens to your coo, a logical person, too, believe no myth about you. You’re rocking back on your haunch, dodge your head, stealthily launch, stuff furry mouse into your paunch. Grey Owl, are you flirting with me? Grey Owl, your wing is so downy! Grey Owl, why am I up in the tree? What’s ‘In-d-visible,’ Mommy? “What does the wind look like?” “You see it in the swallow’s tail, it’s split in two, to turn the sail. On gliding air, silent owl stalks. If forest blew, the owl would flail.” “What does a spirit look like?” “The smile, the eyes, the peaceful stance, kindness, gifts, the invite to dance, compassion, empathy, a pause: you can tell the spirit by the glance.” “What does knowledge look like?” “You see the hands – it’s how they move, with care, precision, nary a shove; by practice, expertly, they glide, by blind feel, no need for a glove.” “What’s Satan look like?” “Might be family, or a friend: his stabs at you will seldom end. I hope he never comes through me, but betrayal’s something he might send.” “What does love look like?” “I tuck you in; I sing a song. My prayers are with you all night long. My eyes are open; I’m on guard! You’ll wake up right where you belong.” Update on My Spiritual Journey to Thailand The only serpents here I see are those of our humanity. Though snakes are belly-crawling cursed, surely they are not the worst. The only thief Macaques I find are neighbors whose own eyes are blind. They do not work and cannot see those things not theirs belong to me. The only headstrong bulls or bullies, with flannels, whiskers, tucked-in woolies, who swear and tear and roar like bear: it’s all an act; they fake it fully. The only devil, dare I say, is one who’s always in my way, never says much nor attracts me, but plants the seed of doubt that smacks me. Ruth Hill was born and educated in upstate New York. She has traveled North America extensively, and is a Certified Design Engineer. She is a lifelong dedicated tutor, and enjoys spoken word. Over 160 of her poems have been published. These poems are among the entries for the Society of Classical Poets’ 2012 Poetry Competition. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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