Eunice Tietjens

(1884-1944 / United States / Chicago)

The Most-Sacred Mountain

Space, and the twelve clean winds of heaven,
And this sharp exultation, like a cry, after the slow six thousand
   steps of climbing!
This is Tai Shan, the beautiful, the most holy.

Below my feet the foot-hills nestle, brown with flecks of green;
   and lower down the flat brown plain, the floor of earth, stretches away
   to blue infinity.
Beside me in this airy space the temple roofs cut their slow curves

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