Dragon’s Mountain Breath

Mountains, hills, rises, mounds, flat plains, valleys, rifts, the earth speaks in so many languages.Sometimes, as the Scots writer Kathleen Jamie relates in her evocative book, Findings, it’s good to go to places – for her the cliffs – because ‘language fails her there’. It’s recuperative, she continues, to be thrown back on to a few elementary nouns- birds, sea, sky. (p164).

How is is that one place is healing, another, not, or both at once?

In Hoi An in Vietnam I was quite ill, even at one time, delirious. Yet I was in the perfect place; the view from the hotel room, the river, houses, the mountains across the way with their dragon’s breath, friends with herbal remedies, my wife with her natural wisdom.

About bydda88

I love poetry, writing, especially writing as healing, as touching the sacred, being touched. And place, places dreaming us, us them. Coasts, rivers, canyons; the ordinary things too, the small things, gestures that reach out.
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3 Responses to Dragon’s Mountain Breath

  1. Grey Wolf says:

    An incredibly insightful and powerful post emerging from the soul.
    A house infront of (or with mountain behind) a mountain has tiger energy.

    Grey Wolf

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