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10 Mountain Poems

Updated on September 12, 2014
Rocky slopes, Spanish Pyrenees
Rocky slopes, Spanish Pyrenees | Source

How Mountains Inspire Poetry

One of the strongest images I remember from a childhood Nature book was that of a mountain crag in Scotland where a Golden Eagle had her nest. It was such an inspirational picture for me. In the foreground was the bird with her chicks, beyond her the peaks of the Highlands. Wonderful.

I've been hooked ever since. I not only still love birds but have this attraction for mountains of all shapes and sizes. Whenever I can I head off to Spain or other craggy parts of Europe to walk and climb.

Sometimes inspiration comes and a poem or two appears.


Looking towards Santa Engracia
Looking towards Santa Engracia | Source


Santa Engracia


We're above birds of prey

heading for Gurp, island

of honey and goats

in a sea of mountain.


There an old man sits

below the cool caves,

beret and two sticks,

waiting in a beautiful way.

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Beyond Gurp
Beyond Gurp | Source

Ermita de Ste Pere


Prayer

supports a mountain


hollowed space for shy

Peter


the mountain tolerates

a mantra


unlike flowing water

which is there but is gone.

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South Of Tremp, Pyrenees,Catalonia
South Of Tremp, Pyrenees,Catalonia | Source
Gran Sasso, highest peak in the Italian Apennines
Gran Sasso, highest peak in the Italian Apennines | Source


The Family On Gran Sasso


Engulfing mists mingle and creep

up, innocent at first carrying valley dew,

a novel way to moisten hair.


Becomes an eerie massage

ending the world tree

by tree, peak by peak, son by son.


It hangs around, a cloud mime. Climb

out of your own head a voice whispers,

up to the crumbling summit


of this anaemic trembling rocca,

climb to where the six nuns rest,

kissers of graffitid rock.


They're gone, ghosts into scrub beech

one by one, their crucifix carved

their day veiled.


The falcon mopes in this dream steam,

blindly timing his limits of flesh and bone.

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Looking north towards France from Catalonia,Spain.
Looking north towards France from Catalonia,Spain. | Source


Short Recipe For Escapism


Put a stranger on a mountain

of your choice,

measure out awe

in days, enough story, history,

add a pinch of fear.

Follow them

up a single diminishing track,

mix elation and dust ,

reduce to a particle

that somehow in your housebound

mind feeds the spirit,

simmering on horizon's range.

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Griffon Vultures
Griffon Vultures | Source

Griffin Vultures


October wind chills the light

on distant first snow.

Winter

whistling, no casual observer,

sets the scene on edge, saw

teeth cutting the air

the mountains shape.


Vultures sense the change

of emphasis, gathering

in solemn spirals, wheeling

into the sun


a glorious totem

we want to applaud


the disappearing show

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Rif Mountains, north Africa, from Spanish mainland
Rif Mountains, north Africa, from Spanish mainland | Source

Seeing Africa


Looking into unkempt

grass,

rented weeds


taxing the dreams

of my brain


meandering along

tarmac borderlines


almost afraid to acknowledge

welcoming cloud.


There you are

reflected in glass


in a spectral haze


you only exist

when we reach a certain point

where water revels

through tumultuous light


way south of Granada


just conjured up

out of unkempt grass.

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Catalonian Pyrenees near Tremp
Catalonian Pyrenees near Tremp | Source


In Mountain Woods


Last year we found

the horse, in extremis,

pine scent in those

soft moist nostrils.


Hunter's bullet

for a broken leg,

dry sweet woods

gathering prayer.


Now bleached bones,

scattered shadows.

All of its creatures

this mountain knows.

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French Pyrenees
French Pyrenees | Source
Looking north west to the higher Pyrenean foothills above Gurp.
Looking north west to the higher Pyrenean foothills above Gurp. | Source

Andalucia


Lorca drank water

from the high mountain,

sipped and relieved

his darkening soul.


The clear blue

above the sierra;

you could leave

a pure voice


up there, songs

of lovers and heroes

heard in fountains

on a cool street


with a filigree

of finch, bitter orange

trees and those

unfathomable shadows.

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Scottish Highlands
Scottish Highlands | Source


Climber


Fallen, the climber

who never gave his name?


Last seen, you'd swear,

smiling, the south face


burning orange where

the dead zone comes alive.


He had reasons to stay put.

Love being amongst them.


They never ask questions

until the answer is known?


Does the conundrum start

or finish here?

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Picos de Europa, Cantabria, Spain
Picos de Europa, Cantabria, Spain | Source

The Last Bear


On the plinth a sculptured bear contemplates hairline cracks,

stone skin stretching like fabric across time that has been running out

on the male bear the scruffy brown bear that wakes in spring to find

the females gone from his rock strewn slopes


he sniffs the time the scent of time invades his skull he claws

tall pine and marks the line he follows the boundary of his reign

to cross the path laid down by man first and last first and last

the honey

sheep

wild boar

he takes then stands looking out listening for the familiar, sniffing time.


Mirador del Oso Picos de Europa

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    Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Glad that you enjoyed these poems, all sparked off by being on or near mountains.

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    Essie 2 years ago from Southern California

    As a hiker, I was immediately drawn to these poems. My husband and I just hiked Mt. Whitney in California 2 wknds ago. The mountains are a fantastic source of inspiration! Your poems are extraordinary.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanking you, a pleasure to climb a short way together.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Gracious thanks for the visit and comment.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks.....your visit and comment very much appreciated.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks for your visit and comments....always a pleasure to journey a short way together.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    That's great, climbing a short way up the mountain path to gain a different view and some inspiration! There's nothing so awe inspiring as being in the company of great mountains.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    thank you for the visit and comment...a short climb together into the mountain's way of being.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Olde Cashmere thank you. The natural world in all its splendiferous forms is a continual delight. Mountains are an extreme - in the same league as seas and oceans and land masses reaching the horizon....awesome sights that stir the heart.

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    Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Entertaining and awesome set of poems chef-de-jour. Phenomenal photographs made this a stellar hub. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting :)

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the visit and comment Gypsy Rose. I'm glad you enjoyed the words and images - they've been with me a long time - so happy to get them out and shared.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up, awesome and beautiful. Fantastic pics. Enjoyed much. Such a tribute to nature. Passing this on.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the visit and comment Kiera G. The European Brown Bear has almost disappeared from Spain but efforts are ongoing to reintroduce the species - airlifted in from other parts of east Europe. Fingers crossed for this beautiful creature - they need a lot of space and don't much welcome ski resorts and tarmac.

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    Kiera G 4 years ago from Australia

    Great poems and picture! I especially like The Last Bear.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Good selection of mountain poems. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Chef, I feel like I've just been on a whirl wind tour of some of the most beautiful mountains and areas of the world. Beautiful!

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    whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

    a descriptive emotional interpretation of the wild. and a beautiful rendition of an observer of the wonders of outdoor scenes. I enjoyed you work very much.

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