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  Hearts and minds
by Kalikiano Kalei
Saturday, January 22, 2011
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Written on 1 Oct 82 after a climb of the Sierra Matterhorn (Sawtooth Ridge, Eastern border of Yosemite), there're fewer things more humbling than looking into the guts of the Universe from 10,000 feet up in the cold October skies of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, huddled around a fire and listening to the silent sounds of utter quiet.



The shrouded figure sat

alone on the rocky slab opposite,

watching as the millions of heavenly lights

traveled in perfect silence

across the velvet depths

of boundless space.

No sound dared embarrass

the night, high upon the mountain's shoulder.

Its overwhelming absence

now pulled at his soul

with greater force

than that of the meager flame

dying before him

drawing his chilled body to its warmth.

The silence, overwhelming, utter

and consummate,

draped even the unrespecting stars

in somber, funereal bunting

as his reflections wandered softly

to the ponderous dark presence of the

mountain opposite.

Its solitude, immense and leaden,

merged like the confluence

of two inky rivers

with the dark reservoirs

of the deep cosmos above us...

a great and flowing mantle

of accepting, stoic peace

worn with perfect

and timeless, infinite composure.

The figure smiled a cold thin smile then,

for what are the concerns

of human hearts and minds,

mere sparks in the dustbins of eternity,

in the presence of perpetual

and imperishable



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