mountain

by day
the mountain finite
under light of fierce Sun
stands over the pilgrim,
fearsome protector of eternal
skies too large to be
lived.

by night
the mountain deepest black on
soft grey darkness
reveals itself,
cavernous portal
into shimmering new skies
breathed up from solid Earth.

a dreamtime trail
lit by strange new light
into seas of invisible stars the pilgrim might hope,
this night, to know.

Peru, 2015