I try to follow the advice of E.B. White: “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
Living near mountains makes this easy--
every day, the elements combine to shift our local landscape
and the neighborhood view is surprising and magical.
Throughout the past year, I hiked nearby Mt. Kearsarge every week and
as the seasons changed I came to see the mountain itself as a vessel.
Under my feet, I found a container for my thought,
for worry and fear, imagination and creativity,
intense gratitude and deep appreciation of nature’s aesthetic gifts.
From afar, Kearsarge--Donald Hall’s “Great Blue Mountain!”--
also appeared to me as vessel, whether resting securing on its rim or
in bowl-shaped, lake reflection .
With this series, I'll consider Kearsarge from various perspectives of place and time.
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