Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Kolden Report: Inspiring Others, November 24th, 2013

Hello, kids!

You never know where or when inspiration will strike but when it strikes's just there.  I'm sure you can tell when the photographer in me is particularly inspired or when the writer in me is feeling verbose. Tonight,  I am proud to share with you a poem written by Stuart Braune, inspired by The Kolden Report.  Enjoy!

The Mountain Can Kill You
(or send its ambassador, the bear, to do the job)

You know the mountain can kill you
The animals know this and live on the edge
Senses wide open facing a frigid wind.
In the bitter blowing winter we say
“This god forsaken place” - yes
The god of comfort forsakes you
The god of security forsakes you
The god of your fabulous plans for that self-involved dream life forsakes you
Your compass drops from your pocket
Birds scatter your supplies.
Ego climbs with frost-bitten fingers
Loses its grip and falls from a frozen cliff
In death blood-ice expands to crack open this tight little heart
It is said ”Become as a mountain”
Raw and exposed
In full view
Stone-cold (and majestically beautiful)
Open to the vast and unobstructed sky.

-Stuart Braune

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