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Whispers of the Mountain

Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

I have always been captivated by the beauty, spirit and strength of mountains and enjoyed mountaineering from an early age. My initial climb was a breathtaking experience and this poem portrays my fear, awe and respect of this wonder of nature, which taught me so much about myself.

As I wrote this poem I was also reminded of the steep mountain we are all climbing at this moment, at different stages. However, if we lift each other up along the way, the climb will not seem as arduous.

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On foundations laid by ancient rites

Your majesty shadows the restless sea

In a landscape of nature’s splendour

Protected by a canopy of brilliant stars

Immortalised in the breath of your spirit


As dawn’s awakening silence

Cloaks the shadows earthly tread

Touching the beauty of crystal streams

Flowing freely from civilisation’s grasp

Protected by the forest’s shade


Gentle sunbeams glint between rocks

Where winter’s frost left hidden scars

On transient moments of revelation

Held within the facets of a mortal life

Scaling the heights of my limitations


A morning mist welcomes the light

Unfurling the beauty of an endless sky

Where hanging clouds caress the summit

Setting my spirit free to join the echoes

Of those who came before me


Evening’s solitude absolves the day

As shadows fall like graceful images

On memories of non-existent boundaries

Captured by the mountain’s timeless wisdom

Viewed from the pinnacle of my expectations

© 2020 Lorna Lamon

Comments

Lorna Lamon (author) on August 26, 2020:

Lovely to see you Chrish and thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on August 26, 2020:

Magical word in a magical world.

This is so beautiful Ms Lorna.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 24, 2020:

Lovely to see you Tery and I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem. Many thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments which are always appreciated. Take care and stay safe.

Tery Peta from Bulgaria on April 24, 2020:

Amazing piece! I was touched by it. Nature and the mountains are so beautiful and majestic, and they always offer something new to explore. So inspiring!

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 21, 2020:

I'm touched by your comments Kyler and glad you enjoyed this piece. I always enjoy your poems Kyler and you are a talented writer. Thanks for stopping by and take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 21, 2020:

You are so kind Demas and I can certainly understand how your daughter would have felt. We are also surrounded by mountains and from childhood I have always felt their protective force. Your comments are enlightening and very much appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and take care.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on April 20, 2020:

A beautiful mix of observations and memories. My youngest daughter served a church mission in Manila and its suburbs. One of her lasting memories was of how much she missed her mountains, for we live in a valley surrounded by high, often snowy peaks in the Rockies. She settled for other "mountains" on her mission, and she climbed those heights quite well, admiring and missing the humble people she served, and their cardboard homes. There are mountains for each of us to climb, sometimes found deep within ourselves. Thanks.

Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on April 20, 2020:

Lorna, with every piece you inspire envy and appreciation. Your pieces never cease to amaze me, and even more your gentle demeanor in every interaction. I hope to one day be as stoic as you, and even more so as fluent and poetic!

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 18, 2020:

There is something very special about the hills and mountains Dora and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Thank you for your lovely comments which are always appreciated. Take care.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 18, 2020:

I love hills and mountains even more than the ocean. Great tribute to them here. I also love it in real life "Where hanging clouds caress the summit." Awesome!

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 17, 2020:

Many thanks Brenda - appreciate it. Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 16, 2020:

Hi. I shared this one.

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Lorna Lamon (author) on April 16, 2020:

Lovely to see you Devika and I'm also lucky enough to live close to a mountain range which I have known all my life. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem and even though I can't climb at the moment, I can still gaze at them. Thank you for your lovely comments which are always appreciated. Stay safe and well.

Devika Primic on April 16, 2020:

Beautiful scenery to go with your wonderful words here.This is something to take our minds of the rough times. i live very close to mountains and tall Cypress Trees. It is the closest to nature and hiking trails.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 16, 2020:

Your comments have truly made my day so special. Bless you Mitara for your kindness.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 16, 2020:

Such a beautiful picture to wake up to each morning, you are surrounded by inspiration and the beautiful sight you provide, makes us feel like we are within range of seeing it in its physical form.

Keeping safe within our boundaries, making the most of what we have and grateful for every waking day.

Bless your beautiful heart, Lorna

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 16, 2020:

Thank you for your kind comments Mitara. Your thoughts are what I was trying to portray in this poem and I am so glad you enjoyed it. I live close to a mountain range and feel so protected. I hope you are keeping well and safe in South Africa.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 16, 2020:

An instrumental write, complimenting the splendours of natural beauty at its finest.

The feelings so intense and so real, speaking to modes of protection, freedom and the voices of the world echoing, in view of expectation.

Your write is so valued and uplifting

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 16, 2020:

Hi Peggy, My love of climbing started by climbing trees as a child. There is something very magical about the beauty and strength of the mountains;also very reassuring. Glad you enjoyed the poem and your comments are greatly appreciated as always. Take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 16, 2020:

You are so kind Chitrangada and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. I am lucky to live quite close to a mountain range and even if I can't climb at the moment, I can view them. Thank you for visiting and commenting - always appreciated. Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2020:

What a beautifully composed poem! I am always fascinated by the majestic beauty of the mountains. Have also been fortunate to visit many of them.

I appreciate you for bringing them alive, through your wonderful writing skills.

Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2020:

You portrayed the mountains as magical and climbing them an adventure in realizing the close beauty of them. I have climbed many a tree in my early life, but never a mountain. I do admire the beauty of them, however.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

Greetings Eric, That must have been some experience - the altitude can get to you. I love to climb, and now that I have time I can't. However, I tried to create the experience through this poem and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by. Take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

Hello Denise, My sister has a fear of heights so I understand where you are coming from. They are still beautiful to look at and very special. I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual climb and your comments are always appreciated. Take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

I love that special peace I find when I'm climbing. There is something truly magical about the experience, and the scenery is always beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem Pamela and thank you for your lovely comments which are always appreciated. Take care and stay safe.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 15, 2020:

Lorna, I like mountains too. You really captured their beauty in your poetry. While I have never actually climbed a mountain, I have driven up several mountains as far as possible and the scenery is always so beautiful. Your poem really made me think back to how I felt on different mountains and the memories are so special. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your poem.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 15, 2020:

Lorna, you're always welcomed.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on April 15, 2020:

Beautiful. I've never climbed a mountain before but I can imagine it was awe-inspiring. I have a fear of heights and so I will stay right here and read about it.

Blessings,

Denise

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 15, 2020:

Beautiful. I was blessed to be isolated in the mountains for the first 14 days. You captured "my" mountains wonderfully. I am afraid that climbing Mt. Wilson -- he rather screamed at me though. No oxygen.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

I'm touched by your kind comments Prateek and these are the thoughts I have when I climb. Glad you enjoyed this poem and thank you for visiting. Stay safe and keep well.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

It's good to see you Miebakagh and I hope you and your family are well in these troubled times. I also believe in the spirit of the mountain and I'm so glad my poem spoke to you of this. Thank you for visiting and your comments are always appreciated. Take care and keep safe.

Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on April 15, 2020:

It's so awesome mam, your poem depict the actual picture of decent thoughts in your mind. Lovely poem mam.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 15, 2020:

Lorna, I can feel it. I mean the first time. I climb a mountain. But it was really a hill. In. Nigeria, it was small mountain to a boy of 7-years back then. But my experence happen in the day time, and it stays with me. The wisper is a spirit as believed just for company. The first time it was a trial. The second a pleasure. The view all round seems unique and you captured all this. Thanks for sharing.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

Good to see you Umesh and I would have to agree they are indeed very special. Thank you for your kind comments, appreciated as always. Take care.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 15, 2020:

This is a beautiful poem. I have a fancy for mountains. They are so huge but explorable.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

Thank you so much Lora, your comments are always so encouraging and uplifting. I agree that we do need each other to keep on climbing and I'm convinced we will come out the other side. I appreciate your visit Lora. Take care and stay safe.

Lora Hollings on April 15, 2020:

Your poem is a consummate tribute to the grandeur of mountains, Lorna. Such beautiful writing that captures the mystical nature of these most stately features of our planet's landscape. Shrouded in mist they watch us in silence but they also seem to be communicating with us. And yes, we are all climbing a steep mountain now, our strength and courage is being put to the test, and we need each other to make it to the summit. Thanks for sharing your inspiring words and vision!

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 15, 2020:

Good to see you John and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Your comments are appreciated as always. Take care and stay well.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 14, 2020:

What delightful imagery in this beautifully constructed poem. You describe the mountainous landscape perfectly, Lorna. I enjoyed this immensely.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

Hi Liz, I tried to portray the beauty of the mountain rather than the climb. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem and your comments are always appreciated. Take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

Lovely to see you Mary and your comments mean a lot to me. I tried to create my memories of climbing through this poem and I'm delighted you enjoyed it. Thank you for visiting and keep safe and well.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

Hi Greg, I'm glad you enjoyed this climb and I tried to convey my feelings about the mountain through the poem. Thank you for your kind comments which are always appreciated. Take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

It's always good to see you Charlie and you are lucky to be surrounded by the beauty of Scotland. I was a student in Edinburgh and loved this wonderful city. Thank you for your lovely comments.Take care and keep safe.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

Lovely to see you Farah and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. It brought back so many memories for me which I tried to convey through the wording. I hope things are improving where you are. Take care and keep safe. Your son is so cute.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

Lovely to see you Rosina and this verse is a particularly strong memory of mine. I'm glad it's your favourite and thank you for your lovely comments - appreciated as always. Take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

I still enjoy climbing although it's all about making time, and now when I have more time I can't. The poem brought back fond memories for me and I'm glad you enjoyed it Brenda. Thank you for your lovely comments which are always appreciated.

Lorna Lamon (author) on April 14, 2020:

Yes this is what I was hoping to portray Rinita. It is really about appreciating the beauty of the mountain and not so much about the climb. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem and thank you for your lovely comments - appreciated. Take care.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 14, 2020:

This is a very atmospheric poem. You have captured the mountain scene very well in your carefully chosen words.

Mary Borges from San Diego, California on April 14, 2020:

Your poems are truly an inspiration to me because I love poetry. I'm excited when I find a new one published from you. Keep on writing in the lovely and beautiful way that you write. Thanks Lorna for sharing your work.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on April 14, 2020:

So very much like being there, seeing it, sensing it, living it. Like magic, nearly, transporting us to your mind's eye for a closer, detailed glimpse. Love it.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on April 14, 2020:

You paint a beautiful picture with this poem Lorna. I am fortunate where I live in Scotland to have beautiful views of the mountains

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 14, 2020:

Wow! You are such an amazingly skilled writer. Loved how you focused on the intricate details. Beautiful poem!

Rosina S Khan on April 14, 2020:

A lovely poem about the beauty, spirit and strength of a mountain. My fave stanza is the fourth stanza:

A morning mist welcomes the light

Unfurling the beauty of an endless sky

Where hanging clouds caress the summit

Setting my spirit free to join the echoes

Of those who came before me

Thank you, Lorna, for sharing such a beautiful hub.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 14, 2020:

Your words paint a vast canvas in my mind. Always beautiful.

I love driving to the top of bluffs and looking down at the scenery.

It seems so beautiful from up high...but I have never attempted much of a climb.

Thanks for sharing.

Rinita Sen on April 14, 2020:

What a refreshing poem! Breathtaking imagery. I feel the protagonist here is ready to feel one with the mountains, learning from the majestic creation of nature all the way to the top. I like the 5 stanza style. Anything less would have seemed too little for the magnificence of the hills.