A secret valley

A secret valley, Langtang

A secret valley, Langtang

                                                it is said that no one knew about this valley
                                                that it was secret for some 500 years

                                                but i wonder at the role of such fables,
                                                somehow able to illusively embolden us,
                                                to make masks for the fact of our smallness

                                                                                    the fact is
                                                we are procured from thin air
                                                and other astral flotsam

                                                                                    our one ostensible aim
                                                to make sense of the strangeness of being

                                                coaxed cleverly by specific histories
                                                we have evolved to think we speak for all things

                                                how we cannot

                                                in this secret valley, hid for 500 years
                                                memories of ascetic pilgrims are stored
                                                in the stellular veins of mica rock

                                                much later down the track
                                                we walk and hack our heels in,

                                                these rocks are ghosts
                                                that weave our clothes
                                                with silver dust and

                                                now we are made from earth
                                                our own ascetic robes loosened by
                                                valley echoes of benevolent laughter

                                                                                    the truth is
                                                                                    (though mostly we don’t feel it)
                                                we thrill the pilgrims with
                                                our thorough artlessness

                                                we are so out of touch

                                                but for such
                                                intents and historic purposes
                                                this does not mean
                                                so much to us

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  1. What a beautiful place!

    • burningthecouch

       /  October 15, 2014

      Hi Jamie, thanks for reading. It is spectacular, isn’t it?! Such diversity in the landscape and incredible, pristine natural beauty. I highly recommend the trek – Langtang National Park, Nepal. Gratitude, Briony

      • I was in Kathmandu, Nepal and I am kicking myself that I did not do any treks while I was there!
        Time to book a flight back!

      • burningthecouch

         /  October 15, 2014

        Definitely. Nepal’s tourism slogan is ‘once is not enough’ which I thoroughly agree with. I’ve been here for two months at this stage and am seriously considering never leaving.

      • I know what you mean!
        There is something really serene and spiritual about Nepal.
        Enjoy your stay there!

      • burningthecouch

         /  October 15, 2014

        Absolutely agree. Wonderful chaos overridden by a strange sense of calm. A magic combination. Thanks again for reading and commenting 🙂 Briony

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