Monday, 8 October 2007


Wherever I am in the city
I can feel the hills; see them on the horizon
when I stand on higher ground
away from tower blocks and tenements.
Mountains worn by age to gentleness, these friendly
guardians surround the town, draw eyes
beyond the urban, inspire minds with thoughts
of wilderness and freedom.

Mountains for Weekend Wordsmith


Carla Nikol said...

You may not have lived in the mountains but you know how they bring a feeling of protection, of guardianship. Personally, I love seeing them from afar, just knowing they are there to me is a sign that the world isn't totally destroyed by humans taking over. There are still patches of earth unscathed by our tools and weapons. At least this is what I like to think. I feel a part of nature when I am in them. I feel grateful to be allowed to share their space and I tell them as I walk through the trees that I appreciate them and am honored to be amongst the wild, the free, the natural.
Thanks for the comment on my blog. I will definately look into your work as I'm sure it will inspire me to take a larger part in the artistic community as I just turned 40 and have made a vow to honor my artist within through as many avenues as possible. Go...Create...Inspire....

coconutannies said...

Beautiful poem! I grew up in the mountains of NY but alas, I live in Florida now - we have NO MOUNTAINS - boo hoo!

Jo said...

This is a very evocative poem for me......I used to live in Vancouver, BC, and that feeling of being ringed by mountains is magical.

PixieDust said...

This is soooo soothing... it makes me feel safe.


Janice Thomson said...

This is beautiful Juliet.
I was raised in Alberta not far from the Rockies and know so well that feeling. Mountains are so beautiful and awe-inspiring. Here on Vancouver Island I live with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other - perfect and peaceful surroundings.

Anonymous said...

I like to think of mountains as 'friendly guardians.' Very nice.

Christy Woolum said...

Lovely words. I also love the sites you have introduced me too. Again, I love the breast cancer awareness pink on your blog.

Anonymous said...

These gentle, friendly mountains sound like the ones surrounding the valley on Vancouver Island where I grew up. The higher, more jagged mountains near Vancouver, where I live now, while awe-inspiring and beautiful, are not so friendly. I miss my old gentle mountains with their patches of autumn yellow maples and tufts of low cloud caught along their ridges.... I enjoy where your words take me.

Rethabile said...

Excellent. Are you describing Lesotho?