silent mountain

I’ll Meet You at the Wall

I’ve seen great things in my life time
I’ve watched as the rise and fall of emperors
The changing of the dynasties
I’ve played witness to heroic feets
And seen the acts of cowards

Yet you claim you can show me something new?

I am the hero of a nation
The silent guardian in the mountains
The protector whose watchful gaze stretches further than you can imagine
I have stood for more than two thousand years
And I will stand for two thousand more
I have stood the test of time and I am still standing

Yet you claim you can floor me?

I am the invincible
I am the indestructible
I am the everlasting
I am the Great Wall
So I challenge you,
Simple human who’s only a quarter through your life,
I challenge you to show me something that will break me.

The human took pause.
Staring up at this mighty monument the human thought
And finally replied

I never planned on destroying you
I never claimed to be able to floor you
And I doubt I can show you something new if I tried
But Great Wall
And Great you truly are,
You’ve never seen me before.

So… I did a thing, cause I’m going to China in a few weeks. Tell me what you guys think of the thing maybe?

here’s to opening and upward, to leaf and to sap
and to your (in my arms flowering so new)
self whose eyes smell of the sound of rain

and here’s to silent certainly mountains;and to
a disappearing poet of always,snow
and to morning;and to morning’s beautiful friend
twilight (and a first dream called ocean)and

—  e.e.cummings, excerpt from poem 42 in Selected Poems

“Silent Snowy Walk”

Went on a quick hike at Blackwater Falls State Park last week. Most trails were closed due to deep snow and the steepness to the ravine where the waterfalls were in the far distance. Still was a beautiful walk–one of those quiet moments when you can only hear your footsteps in the snow and your own breathing.

child, i’m afraid for your soul

I am weak-willed and made a Don’t Starve playlist whOOPS

track list
1 Eat You Alive - The Oh Hellos
2 Exile Vilify - The National
3 Hey, Little Songbird - Anaïs Mitchell & Greg Brown
4 Jericho - The Stone Foxes
5 Black Eyes - Radical Face
6 Friend of the Devil - Lalla Rookh
7 Mercy Street - Leaving the Ozone
8 In the Pines - Janel Drewis
9 Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - Antique Persuasion
10 Dead & Gone - Brother Dege
11 Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
12 Cotton-Eyed Joe - Hobart Crabtree
13 Jerusalem Ridge - Erik Paquette
14 Samson - Regina Spektor
15 The Prince - The Silent Comedy
16 No Children - Mountain Goats
17 Slow Train Drag - The Sleepwater Band
18 The Girl Who Wept Stones - Brother Dege
19 Run Daddy Run - Miranda Lambert fea. Pistol Annies
20 Pluto - Sleeping At Last
21 You Gotta Move - Scott H Biram
22 Papa Hobo - Paul Simon
23 Black Water - Of Monsters and Men
24 Hello - Adele
25 I Am Just A Pilgrim - The Chestnut Grove Quartet

The real Universe arched sickeningly away beneath them. Various pretend ones flitted silently by, like mountain goats. Primal light exploded, splattering space-time as with gobbets of junket. Time blossomed, matter shrank away. The highest prime number coalesced quietly in a corner and hid itself away forever.
—  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams