We are Women of the Mountains: Patricia Peak 7-20-14


We are women of the mountains, she and I.

I tread worn paths; pack weighs heavy across broad shoulders.
My head bobs, gaze shifts to step and check my route.
I track the wind-breaths across the lake,
Its dance and rush upslope pulls the sweat from my chin and hair,
Lifts my arms in embrace and play.

I sit beside the creek, watch it swirl around boulders,
Green hairs of algae awash and waving in the current.
I stand atop the ridge and summit, looking down, looking back.
Trace my history to the horizon.
Plot my slow advance along a future road.

She rides the clouds, pushes hard as they erupt away from heated hills.
She showers sparks as she carves her turns,
Her joyful roar rumbles and echoes across basins.
Her laughter: the playful shower of rain on green meadows.
Her flushed cheeks: the glow of sunset.

She runs the streambeds, splashes diamonds along the shoreline.
Twirls as she leaps the lakes and races the breeze.
She only pauses atop the peaks and ridges,
To feel the sun beckon her higher, sends the wind to carry her home,
And she soars once more.

We are women of the mountains, she and I.

I miss her.

But she is everywhere.

 

Pat was killed in a fall during the Sierra Challenge last August.

Pat was killed in a fall during the Sierra Challenge last August.

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7 Responses to “We are Women of the Mountains: Patricia Peak 7-20-14”

  1. another work of literary art

  2. Shoshana Bee Says:

    It is honorable to remember Pat’s yertzeit — the first one being most important.

  3. Julie Robin Says:

    All W omen of the Mountains are grieving with you! Wonderful memorial! Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:38:11 +0000 To: carlasmom@hotmail.com

  4. Peter Hirst Says:

    “This was difficult to write, but felt so good once it was”, like the peaks and ridges. You make them seem, if not easy, at least attainable for us all. Thanks once again.

  5. These are the most difficult to write yet the most important. So glad you did. It’s perfect. Well done, Laura! xoxo

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