January 17, 2019

A Poem for Etel

Etel Adnan on Mount Tamalpais, California. Courtesy of the artist.

Etel Adnan on Mount Tamalpais, California. Courtesy of the artist.

a mountain
claims space
of sky
in a heart,
in stone and tree
this heart’s abode,
bides all days,
to a body
is home.

Of and beyond    (it is)
from and within.
Towards               (thought)
without which    (none).
Around and on.
Under and by.

In the morning
In day
the mountain
darker than

a presence

whole mass

in moving air
to us

an eyelash does not alter it.

But rain upon years.
Of soil
and are times


   for a human



        on its peak

           we cannot see

           the sea
                                    of its

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