Altitude

Lily nestled in stone
In scent and silence, altitude,
Time is.

Drifting snow suspended,
Invisible world beneath
Time is burning.

Cellular decay, descent
Terminal erosion, she falls
Time is burning her.

Shifting earth to flame,
Invisible world beneath
Fire-born, she ignites,

A mountain blossoms
Into scent and silence, altitude,
Time is.


(c)  2003 J.L. Stanley