Vodadahue Mountain

When I feel tall I tell myself
that when the time comes I will know
myself as the elephant knows, as the puma knows
and I will go to
Vodadahue Mountain
by the deep green inlet
by the deep green gorge
and in steady pain I will climb the basalt tower
and on the last ice step before the summit
unmarked by everything but air
I will be still for a long moment
and then let the white mouth of the snowcloud eat me
and there will be only this silence
and the trees at the foot will begin to feed
and I will have paid back all that I have owed
and there will be only this silence.

Paul Kingsnorth

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