Quiet: Mountain

The quiet of the mountain top
is not the muteness
of having been taken from the world,

but the quiet of all of it, gathered:
the embrace of sky and horizon,
the murmuring of cities and rivers below,

the world and all its little stories,
the ages and generations,
the wars and tender moments,

all you look down on,
seen and unseen,
and what you have left

and your climbing,
all gathered together
in the quietness of this gaze,

the gaze of God,
who does not think or judge,
but loves without words.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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