CLIFF CREGO | Hinmaton-Yalakit, or MT. CHIEF JOSEPH

Hinmaton-Yalakit, or MT. CHIEF JOSEPH . . .
mid-May aspect, North Wallowas
Tu-eka-kas (c. 1785-1871) CHIEF JOSEPH the Elder

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One morning, the mountain farmer goes out
to milk his goats and never comes back;

A quiet stream leaps from the edge of a high
granite cliff and disappears into the late
summer air;

Sitting in an alpine meadow, more flowers
than grass, the sound of delicate bells
rings out,

wave after wave,

from the metal which sleeps in rocks.


for Bel

If one carries the mountain in one’s heart, to
pick up the stone is to pick up the mountain,
the world.

But for us, a stone is just a stone and nothing
more, just so much dead weight,
like a pack which grows heavier
with each passing step.

Half way up, half broken, turning back...
and the sound of stone mountains
just is—in the wind.

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