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Chapter 37 of the book Carolina Pastorals
Pastoral romantic homage to the mountains
"Appalachian Elegy, part one" by estory
High County Psalm

Appalachian mountains roll across the horizon
like a recitation of the psalms,
bearing you up into stillness and peace,
into something of the eternal,
the sacred and mysterious,
a place formed by the hand of God
before mankind plotted and quarried
this rare Earth we were given.

Up here, on the bare rock ledges and stony summits,
we see the land rolling out in ridges and valleys
like the waves in a wave tormented sea,
and we have to marvel at how that almighty hand
sculpted this stuff of the Earth's foundations,
basalt and granite hardened in creations dawn,
through the ancient collision of continents.

This very ground under our feet,
lying for milleniums beneath the sea,
buckled up into the sky, they say,
at the coming together of Africa and North America.
Then scalpels of rain and wind, gravity itself,
chiseled and cut, ground and smoothed down
rough outlines into this magnificent terrain.

Crouching mountain lions, perched eagles, sleeping bears,
the old bones of grandfathers and grandmothers
with their tired faces turned up to the stars,
lying down into their final resting places.

The sculptures of God for us to contemplate
in some giant, wild sculpture garden,
on an old, rock chimney of a summit.


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Author Notes
This is the first part of the six segments that will make up Appalachian Elegy, my homage, in pastoral romantic ode form, to the mountains of Eastern North America that I have loved since my childhood. I've been all through them from the White Mountains in New Hampshire, through the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, the Poconos, and down the Blue Ridge through western Virginia and North Carolina. There is something about the timelessness, the peace, the stillness at the tops of these ancient mountains. Something of the mysteries of creation, the connection with the God that made them, that you feel up on those old bald summits. I hope you enjoy these Appalachian moments as much as I did. estory
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