We did not climb the mountain.
While the sun shone
I wanted you to see
What was important to me:
A riot of blue stars in spiked grass
The frowning sand, fat gold rolls of it
The water that showed us, clear as glass
Toes among stones
But was dark as cut agate
Where the waves sliced it.
And you saw. You understood.
Like the good
Man I knew you to be:
You walked on the edge of my world
And did not step on a flower,
Or laugh at a rock
(The sea-cut granite, fallen from the head of the cliff
Like a ponderous thought).
And while the mountain that was you
With your 360 degree view
Stood on the edge of my mind
Like a reproach –
I made you walk by the sea,
Made you walk in the valley of me.
And now I pray for another sunny day –
But the mountain stands shrouded, clouded, grey.