Hello poets! I am pleased to present our guest prompter, Lynn, who blogs at “A Poem in my Pocket”.
An American anthem, written at the summit of Pike’s Peak (CO) sings, “ O, beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain; for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain.”
For some settlers and miners, it was “Pike’s Peak or Bust!”
I have lived on the grained plain for over half my life, but my roots reach back to mountain majesties. I was raised in that same Rocky Mountain state where one could drive to vistas, fish lakes, hike trails, pack picnics, ski slopes, and camp at high altitudes.
Many well-known peaks have been the focus of exploration and epic stories, including: Mount Everest, Denali, Fuji, Kilimanjaro, The Matterhorn, Aconcagua, St. Helen, Olympus, Vesuvius, Ararat and Mount Zion. The classic theme from The Sound of Music (The hills are alive…) and featured solo “Climb Every Mountain”, are set in the beautiful Austrian Alps.
Eastlyn Bright Tolle of Juneau, Alaska, features some stunning mountain photography on her website: www.eastlynbright.com and blog: https://www.instagram.com/eastlyn_/
(photo taken from summit of Mt. Roberts, Alaska credit: Eastlyn Bright Tolle)
In her poem, “Ah, Teneriffe”, Emily Dickinson was impressed by a mighty mountain in the Canary Islands:
Purples of Ages —pause for you —
Sunset — reviews her Sapphire Regiment —
Day — drops you her Red Adieu!
Still — Clad in your Mail of ices —
Thigh of Granite —and thew— of Steel—
Heedless — alike— of pomp — or parting
I’m kneeling —still—
or consider the quieter presence of this unnamed mountain by Chinese poet, Li Po:
All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other –
Only the mountain and I.
Today, I encourage you to raise your poetic eyes toward the summit and write on a rather broad and lofty theme of mountains, as experienced solidly or metaphorically. Your muse may choose to focus on a specific peak or span an entire range. Perhaps someone you know is facing or has conquered a personal mountain (might be yourself!).
Maybe the result is magnificent or perhaps we must “make a mountain out of a molehill”. Though not all poems achieve the summit, however far we climb, the view is worth it! We look forward to your participation. Grab your writer’s backpack and a walking stick, gulp in the thin alpine air and breathe out your poetry!
Hope to see you all out in the trail.
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Thank you all. Have fun!
bio notes: Lynn is a lover of words and the Word. She also loves a hard-working Iowa farmer, five strong sons, three dear daughters (by marriage), and four rambunctious grandchildren She’s an educator who has learned a lot from homeschooling boys, oy! Lynn’s poetry has appeared in local newspaper and “Lyrical Iowa” anthology. She blogs “A Poem in my Pocket” at madhatterpoetry.com
That photo is such a majestic sight ~ Thanks to Lynn for hosting ~
Happy Tuesday and I am looking forward to reading your mountain-inspired poems ~ So many ways to write about mountains ~
Hi Grace! Hi Lynn! Thank you lynn for this beautiful photo and thank you for the inspirational prompt. It has been a pleasure reading your poems and now it is so good to have you posting here. I will be back later to read and comment on the poems for this great prompt.
Looking forward to it Toni ~
Thank you for your kind words, Toni. It’s an honor for me to host here. See you later!
Welcome to all poets! Looking forward to beautiful vistas out on the mountain trail today 🙂
The only ‘mountain’ I climbed was a small one, Blue Mountains, which was more for skiing than anything ~ But the experience was more than just climbing on top, but more spiritual than I anticipated ~
Like also the poems you selected Lynn ~
When I wrote my poem, I had in mind a particular hike my brother and I did together in Colorado several years ago…Grays peak, a “14er” (above 14,000 ft.). Not a difficult trail, except for breathing at high altitude!
Now that I am older, I don’t think I can climb that high anymore ~ I prefer walking trails that are more or less even, with some rugged terrain but I will run out of breath if I am climbing straight up ~
Not sure I could do it again…maybe at a much slower pace 🙂
Thank you for the prompt.
My pleasure, Annell. Thank you for participating with your thoughtful post…many peaks are considered sacred by the native peoples.
Thank you for the gorgeous image, Lynn, and, for me, a tough prompt, seeing as I live in a flat place, not even a hill! I will have to rely on memories of places I have lived in or visited. It’s late for me so I’ll be back in the morning GMT. I look forward to reading comments and poems then.
Glad you stopped by, Kim. May you rest well and we hope to see you in the morning!
BTW Grace, I have 5 grandchildren now and 2 more on the way in May. The two boys are staying with us this week, age 2 and 4. One is napping and other is playing with his uncle as I write…
Wow, 5 angels, smiles ~ Enjoy their company and come back when you have time, no worries ~
Sanaa Rizvi said:
Wonderful prompt Lynn 🙂 I ll be right back with something bright and new.
Lots of love,
Good to see you, Sanaa 🙂
Sanaa Rizvi said:
So nice to see you too 😀
Hope you like the poem!
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Lynn–wonderful prompt from a lovely hostess. I’m always late on Tuesdays and this week, because of the Easter weekend, haven’t written anything yet, but I’m hoping to correct that soon. Thank you for tending the bar today.
Thanks, Victoria. I’m stepping out for awhile…going for supper with grandkids. Misky’s poem title made me think of John Muir’s quote: “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Ah, sorry I am a bit late. I had a day with grandchildren. I will be making visits…
Those grands are precious blessings!
Those are precious time with the grandkids Mary ~ Thanks for visiting ~
moon child said:
What a beautiful, wide open prompt. Thank you for hostessing, Lynn.
Thanks for joining us and hope to see you Thursday for OLN ~
Moon child, I tried to visit your blog; but it said it was open to invited readers only, so I could not.
Hannah Gosselin said:
Hello, I paired this with Toni’s cherry blossom prompt as well…thank you, for the inspiration and I will be back to read with fresh eyes tomorrow. 🙂
Be over to read Hannah ~ Thanks for joining us 🙂
Thank you Hannah!
Thanks for the lovely poems everyone~ I will be back tomorrow to check and visit more poems ~
This is a lovely prompt Lynn! I had been working on a haibun about a recent trip – this isn’t quite what I wanted so I am still working on it. But the prompt has given me incentive to write this down now.
I live in the flatlands of Florida and have most of my life but I have been up mountains several times and more than anything I sense their majestic power and presence when I see them. So I wrote a couple of Sijo in their honor.
P.S. Lynn thank you for a very meaningful prompt!
Hello, it’s been quite a while since I last participated. I have visited The Pyrenees a few times, and was fascinated by its legend, which inspired a poem for your prompt.
Excellent…thanks for joining in!
Arcadia Maria said:
A little late but posted a tiny poem and another one is on the way.
We hope you will join us tomorrow for OpenLinkNight (any poem is welcome) ~
Hi Lynn, I live on top of a mountain in Colorado so I couldn’t pass up your prompt. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration!
Sadly, just back from Bermuda — I was late to post. Took me a while to get through loads of laundry etc. My poem is posted though….even though the Linky link expired 2.5 hours ago. Do hope a few will go to see it…….I enjoyed the prompt — circumstances just meant I did not get it up in time 😦 http://lillianthehomepoet.com/2016/03/31/mountain-gifts/
Onward! PS: Boston has skeleton trees — no spring flowers in sight — and it’s chilly!
Hi Lillian, you are welcome to link up this poem when OpenLinkNight opens at 3pm EST today (in a few hours). Hope to see you then ~
Will do! 😊
Just saw this now….but I LOVE the mountains…so I think this is a fantastic prompt, Lynn 🙂