The Mountain

There’s a passage from the “Golden Sands” where the main person meets a bearded man who teaches him something very important – without directly saying what.

Chapter 7. The Mountain.

At the foot
he stood
with a path
before him

the bearded
man
greeted
in white
clothes
and a wooden
stick

“welcome”
he said
the voice
calm
and rich
of life

“I will walk you
a part
of the way”

the path
of nature
in afternoon
sunlight

he saw
the path
rise
before them
and started
walking

they spoke
at length
of words
and deeds

he saw
the landscape
lower
around them
with trees
lakes
and huts

they walked
and the bearded
listened
and learned

the path
grew steeper

they rose
higher
and saw
the splendor
of landscapes
in loving
sunlight
and seas
with glimmers
of eternity

the bearded
asked
some more
and then
he spoke

“my task
is done”

“fare well”

he waited
his mind
blank
and then
a new
spark

the path
less steep
he walked
the last
to see
the wise

..

Through the nature of asking questions, the old bearded man is teaching the younger the path, or the process, towards wisdom. And as they also talk about “words and deeds”, they go through the whole of history and the written heritage – of philosophy and literature.

For a 4 mins talk, click here.

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Poetry talks, and Italy writings!

First of all – thanks so much for reading and following this blog, it’s been a great inspiration and motivation for new projects!

News for this year is a series of clips where we talk about the poems, novel-excerpts, and expand on some scenes and thoughts from the writings.

One example is a poem from the Departure collection here: https://www.pscp.tv/ellisd758/1MYxNjnNzzpxw, and the introduction to the “Italy, 1885” book here: https://www.pscp.tv/ellisd758/1zqJVMPZmVAGB

All in an informal setting – with coffee 😀

Enjoy!