Selections from “New Songs” and “Camino del Viento”
Featured image: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, CA, courtesy of NPS
By Rowan Kilduff
clear — the mountaineer; climber at 90
clear — the mountaineer: mountain-mind, river-mind
trail or off-trail — you let it surprise you, climber at 90
working with friends, working alone; getting old doesn’t matter,
just coming here to find the way home
straight and true —
fierce-livin’ — because out here you really can.
to protector of the wild and mountaineer Gary Snyder, 2020
right now, here; sunset
three sharp calls
swiftly, we go
Lives like fire.
We all; one big sangha.
Wind light sings true.
sunrise hits you right in the eye
waves / rolling sky
and there, nothing dies.
here I am,
I breathe generations back
I breathe generations forward
the peaceful sky washes me clean
call / answer —
we breathe and
Rowan Kilduff is a mountain-runner, writer, activist, photographer, and musician.