I dreamed I stood below a mountain’s peak
Above me tall and snow-capped and its scale
I could not grasp then made me marvel more.
And looking down at me the mountain said:
‘Well who are you and what is it you seek?’ 5
And I could give no answer but just stood
And stared and felt still smaller than before.
I turned, surveying the lush wooded slope
That went far down the way that I had come
Although rememb’ring not the path I took. 10
The oak and tower elm and leafy ash
There spoke to me apart and yet as one:
‘Well who are you and what is it you seek?’
And I could give no answer still as yet.
Instead I followed footprints in the grass 15
To find a verdant stream I knew was there
Far down in shadows green on clear water.
The water spoke, its dripping head held raised:
‘Well who are you and what is it you seek?
Nothing can hide from you in my green stream. 20
There is no secret here for you to find.’
I turned a pensive eye to the heavens
And saw an eagle riding unseen gusts.
It carried me on drifting thermal winds
And as I looked down, there I saw below 25
The mountain and the forest and the stream
And there I saw myself now formed in them,
My face there looking up at me eyes wide.
And then the landscape folded and transformed
And was a mirror held before my life 30
Before the mirror shattered and became
The mountain and the forest and the stream.
At last I knew the answer I would give
For then my contemplation was over.
The eagle set me on the mountain-top. 35
Above the starry sky was full of night
And seemed to darken, coming closer still
And points of light on black-in-black canvas
Then filled my vision and surrounded me
Until the stars were there within my head 40
And I encompassed them and all else too,
And I was there and not there, present
Unseen and tossed as though a mote of dust;
Unknown, forgotten like a hint of thought.
Through darkness and in light, I felt myself 45
Again once more and felt the mountain there
Beneath me and returned from my journey
Awakened and I answered their questions.
And laughing they invited me to stay.
I stayed and I decided not to wake. 50