The Mountain

The Mountain

A Poem by Paul Bell

The mountain sat impassively, daring
Asking no questions
Just waiting for the moment
The slip of unconquered glory
Death, or worse, permanent injury
You took my legs old friend
I hold no malice
Probably love you more
I’ll be getting my new ones soon
Walking in no time they say
But walking is no good to people like us
It’s the intimacy
We are one
I promise to be gentle
If I make it, I won’t gloat
If not, we stay friends forever.

© 2017 Paul Bell



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This poem, on the surface, seems to be about climbing some tough obstacle, but it also has a fair sprinkling of side ideas that caused my mind to reel for a bit after I finished reading. As you may or may not know, I couldn't walk for about 5 years & it hasn't been that long since I spent 2 years trying to walk again. Before this all happened, my favorite thing in life was to hike up a mountain, which I used to do all the time. Anyhow, getting back to your poem . . . it feels like the narrator is fighting thru a number of enemies, trying to get to this higher place and in so doing, cementing a friendship or love (for a companion or for a mountain or for a struggle). So often I feel inspired when I read you.

Posted 6 Months Ago


barleygirl

6 Months Ago

My c**t has never been the same after grinding on the bicycle saddle for 8 hours/day, 2 months strai.. read more
Paul Bell

6 Months Ago

Would that title be. The Tyred c**t.lol
Mind you, you wouldn't need to give the old headache.. read more
barleygirl

6 Months Ago

Belly laugh . . .
I liked this poem. I wanted more.
You took my legs old friend
"I hold no malice
Probably love you more
I’ll be getting my new ones soon
Walking in no time they say
But walking is no good to people like us"
The above lines. So good. Thank you Paul for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 7 Months Ago


Paul Bell

7 Months Ago

They sure gain your respect.
Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

They did and I liked the logic. We can't win.
Paul Bell,
"The Mountain" "Sat impassivly, daring asking no questions." a powerful opening line for the reality of great possibilities of time, sweat, and the "will I make it" feelings on this hike.Well the reality then becomes real with"unconquered glory..permanent injury." You are still friends with this quiet mountain? This is so intense to me and a delight of quizzical thought!So then "walking is no good to people like us." Wow! But then the soul does not lay down and quit; I was inspired here. It's the intimacy. We are one. I promise to be gentle. I I make it, I won't gloat. If not, we stay friends forever..............a blessed poem..........Kathy

Posted 8 Months Ago


Paul Bell

8 Months Ago

Thanks Kathy. It's one of my favourites. Mainly written in respect for the big tree in the garden i .. read more
Kathy Van Kurin

8 Months Ago

Paul Bell,
Oh I'm sorry. Well mountain or great big tree...hmm ok. so this is a story of the .. read more
Very thought provoking. I have known a few people with the mountain obsession. You have captured it very well.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Paul Bell

8 Months Ago

I just have the running obsession. Though if there was a bar at the top of the mountain, i'm in.
The Iron Horseman

8 Months Ago

lol! Try and find a bar in the valley and i will join you! :)
The mountain invites you....dare you climb and reach the top? I f you fall down, you will fall at your own risk.
It is like someone I know so well.... In the end you are left alone to lick your wounds.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Paul Bell

8 Months Ago

Some things have to be climbed. Apart from snow mountains.
I like how you portray the intimacy between a person and the mountain; as one. And giving off the faintest hint of mountains just being there, always.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Paul Bell

8 Months Ago

Yeah the mountain just sits there inviting you to do your best.
The personification of the mountain is great. The butting heads, the conflict...it's great. Inner conflict or the conflict of life on a daily basis....we have to face it. Good one. Lydi**

Posted 8 Months Ago


And you seemed like such a he'll raiser...who knew?😉

Posted 8 Months Ago


Paul Bell

8 Months Ago

I'm the mountain. lol.

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