Two Architects in the Alpen.
To the Alpen
Flying kisses over a black sea
the german children wake up to
church bells tolling for the long hour between
orchestras rehearsing in the tall stone walls
built up into the Zurich sky.
The Aplen opens form the clearing clouds
we climb steps to sit with the Suisse and clap
for the school bands play in the streets their long triumphs
Rounded the earth and met the sun
a new moon in the vertical spruce forest
slippery roots and large slugs
soapstone roads up to the saddle.
Perineal waterfalls after the heavy rains
cascade into the gorge from 1000 meters.
The river becomes a lake trapped by rock
a mirror to the snow-capped secrets that hide the stars.
Wind carved rock, creamy white rivers
waterfalls deep in the bellows of a mountain
climb like ants carrying their weight
on the shoulder of the ridge, towns are built
with views into the face of an onlooker.
Well marked paths from Griesalp, Steinberg, Murren
to Gimmewald cross barn porches, beneath low slung roofs
chalet with rounded stacked wood
four-year old blonde children gathering pine dust,
flat sump hills in the background.
Cow bells like plunking stones in a shallow river
hollow hills with windy skies
pine cones playing harmonic tunes thumping hollow ground
wind chimes swirling light melodies
soft sounds of the hills.
The direct triangular orders of The Alpen turn with each hour
a shallow spine falls 1000 ft or more on it’s underbelly.
Round the mountain curve, sunken forest paths
grass planes with small rock gravel collected by many hikers into man-made streams of way finding.
A floral ski town quiet in the September rain.
Spoon and bowl cupped in the mountain crown
the slanted stance of spruce held in the upraised heavens of granite rock.
Slowly stopped water dripping into rock holes
easy to live between, easy to be disoriented.
Holland hands grasp circles and surround the base of Mt. Eiger
from Griendelwald are the plains that slowly rise
to make mountains where lesser known glaciers
have come before the gorge formed
a slowly paused ocean.