The Wayward Orchard / Paul Sohar

About the Author

Sunfish Pond
Requiem for a Refugee Camp
Summer Past
The Geese Were Gone
The Wayward Orchard
Mount Katahdin 
A Tour Without Virgil
The Ravished
My Dream House
The God of Spring
The (Last) Party
The Secret
The Other
This Wall
Little Night Music
Being and Its Skin
Grandma’s Silence
The Ruler of the Mirror
The Silent Dreamer
Keep It Simple
Canyon Dreams



Mount Katahdin

The mountain returns
     man’s defiant gaze
a balm I use to rub on my goose bumps
     another myth I refuse to explain
god sees all but
     takes note of none

doesn’t reject nor accept your sacrifice
     and doesn’t mind if you obsess about it

go climb if you want
     the mountain is yours
the ticks you carry also belong to you

but don’t ask god to explain it all
     if you don’t listen to the trailside greens
confessing to your boots

the silence of the mountain
     is a naked monument
echoing the dome of an ancient library

don’t go to the mountain
     seeking god
god is not lost
      needs no seeking

sits there on the mountain
     teasing you if it’s laughter

the silence sounds like to you

  © Paul Sohar, 2011


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