I Climb…

Author: • July 17, 2016 • Poems

rocky road © Neil Williamson via flickrGod, my Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights.Habakkuk 3:19


I climb the mountain swiftly like a sure-footed deer.

Chaos, noise, smoke, trains, ceaseless phalanxes rising disappear faster than pebbles rattling down a ravine.

Silence joins along, footfalls in his wake.

Awakened by sudden quiet, dark spirits of the forest shamble beneath a behemoth of shadows. Spotting no visitors, they turn back to probing the soil.

Clouds raise chins, disdainful at the intruder.

The guardian of the heights briskly snaps his cloak.

The sky bends its diaphragm, filling the lungs of the vault.

Rushing forward, winds burst, monsoon springs. The sun thrusts his spear.

At the summit a doorway opens to quickening vistas all around.

Who will stay beside me to gently touch my shoulder, telling me I am not alone?

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About the Author

Gonzalinho da CostaAuthor: Gonzalinho da Costa

Country of residence: Philippines

Nationality: Philippine

Mother tongue(s): English, Filipino

Gonzalinho da Costa has lived in Hong Kong for five years, worked in the U.S. for nine years, is currently based in the Philippines, his place of birth, and has traveled extensively throughout North America, Western Europe, and East and Southeast Asia.  Besides English, he has studied French, Spanish, German, Latin, Cantonese, and Filipino.  He has published over 80 academic and industry articles and books, and his poetry is featured in 27 literary journals and three anthologies.  He is one of the winners of the Carillon Magazine 2015 Sonnets for Charity Competition.

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