Sandra Fowler

Rookie (February,4,1937 / W. Columbia, WV, USA)

Dark Mountains

Poem by Sandra Fowler

For I have seen dark mountains in the sky,
More Himalayan to the naked eye,
Than any reason for our where or why.

Hands clasp to lift a measure of that height.
The gesture is as fragile as a kite
Against the massive, polarizing night.

And yet, my friend, I am content to be
A little part of that entirety.
All space my hands can hold belongs to me.


Comments about Dark Mountains by Sandra Fowler

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (9/10/2009 2:40:00 AM)

    You have everything in your hands.To hold darkness is can be gratifying.(Report)Reply

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  • Sue Ann Simar (5/23/2009 1:51:00 AM)

    You can't live in West Virginia and not gravitate towards 'Dark Mountains'(Report)Reply

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  • Cindy Kreiner SeraCindy Kreiner Sera (5/21/2009 3:48:00 AM)

    Only in spirit and awe can we face up to greatness and adore.Your poem echo's thoughts I had during climb's when the mind alsoventures into the realm above. Wonderful and spectacular(Report)Reply

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  • nomad omnia (4/29/2009 6:42:00 PM)

    Sandra, everything I read of yours, seems to strike a longing chord. Dark mountains are but a memory, 'though they will always be the flag of freedom that calls me home. Take care, and stay inspired! :) N(Report)Reply

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (4/24/2009 4:23:00 PM)

    Wonderful use of imagery Sandra, a really outstanding poem. Best wishes, Andrew(Report)Reply

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  • Sonya Florentino (4/4/2009 6:34:00 PM)

    This is beautiful Sandra… we might not know what our place or role is in this universe but the fact that we’re here is something we shouldn’t take for granted…..(Report)Reply

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  • Melvina GermainMelvina Germain (5/13/2008 1:12:00 AM)

    Wonderful Sandra, very powerful indeed, it captures humanity to a T. We are tiny little beings compared to this massive universe. Profound Sandra, love it.
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  • Bill Grace (10/2/2007 10:53:00 PM)

    Very powerful. Bill Grace(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Naylor (9/19/2007 2:38:00 AM)

    An impressive and beautiful poem! I especially love the second stanza. It makes one feel
    the enormity of the night and the mountain and our yearning to be a part of it all!(Report)Reply

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  • Alison Cassidy (6/24/2007 11:26:00 PM)

    Sandra, you capture the awe of your mountains and the wonder of your humanity and hold them together between the width of your hands. I enjoy picking one of your poems at random - almost like a lucky dip - and unwrapping it. I have yet to be disappointed in the prize. Your images stay, like the after taste of good wine. love, Allie xxxx(Report)Reply

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  • Jim Foulk (2/15/2007 5:10:00 PM)

    what a write, just beautiful i can picture all of this in my mind, what a sight to see.(Report)Reply

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  • Patrick LadbrookePatrick Ladbrooke (9/12/2006 2:30:00 AM)

    Selected at random from your collection. what an absolute beauty - really enjoyed the feeling it engenders.

    Patrick xx(Report)Reply

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  • Esther Leclerc (8/5/2006 11:42:00 AM)

    We are so small against the majesty of nature, but you are right: we belong so long as we love and cherish this gift. In spirit, we are not so small after all.(Report)Reply

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  • R H (8/1/2006 2:40:00 PM)

    Sandra, visual, spiritual and beautiful. The images in the second stanza spoke such purity:
    'Hands clasp to lift a measure of that height.
    The gesture is as fragile as a kite
    Against the massive, polarizing night.'

    I'm adding this to my favourites - definitely one to savour. Warmest wishes, Justine(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Howard (7/27/2006 12:05:00 PM)

    Very, very powerful! !

    Robert(Report)Reply

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  • Anjana Aravind (7/25/2006 4:39:00 AM)

    'And yet, my friend, I am content to be
    A little part of that entirety.
    All space my hands can hold belongs to me.'

    Oh! ! ! ! Sandra, I am going to read all your poems. So beautiful and meaningful.

    Anjana(Report)Reply

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  • Emma Johnson (7/24/2006 5:15:00 AM)

    'Visionary' is another adjective that I would like add to my description of your stupendous poetry. A marvellous poem. Susie xxx.(Report)Reply

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  • Ivy Christou (7/22/2006 1:06:00 PM)

    this was beautiful Sandra.. the last line says it all and it is so powerful as your two hands when the world is placed on them..
    well done!
    HBH(Report)Reply

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  • Will Barber (7/20/2006 2:41:00 PM)

    You embrace the cosmos - in your hands. A heartwarming poem, filled with joy. The imagery is truly wonderful. The reader is invited to embrace his own place in the scheme of things, while recognising the vast tapestry of the universe. Thank you, Sandra. A beautiful affirmation.(Report)Reply

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  • john tiong chunghoojohn tiong chunghoo (7/20/2006 9:46:00 AM)

    dear sandra, your poem is always very intriguing. i am slowly learning to get a grasp of their inner meanings. great mind.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 17, 2010