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The Ascent

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On the way to the Ranger's Point

It was cold on the way to the Ranger’s Point.

My shallow breaths are warm
against the frigid air
Cold against hot
Hot against cold
Hot becoming cold

My feet blunder on the earth
Rubber soles treading
on rocks and pebbles
soil and mud
ascending and descending
winding and traversing
steeply, gradually, sharply
momentarily meandering gently
punishing enough
to feel unworthy of sacred ground

Dwarf orchids

Dwarf orchids indicative of cold weather

‘The gods frolic here’
Wispy clouds blanket the peaks
hiding the last step to the heavens
No matter how tall you stand
you remain minute and not grand

The awesome simplicity of Mount Pulag's landscape

The awesome simplicity of Mount Pulag’s landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pulag stands unconquerable
the great Cordilleras impregnable
like the ancestors of tribes
against colonial masters
like the people of the North
against waves of oppression
and irreverent plunder

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About Ima Kulit

restless. independent. rock music and classical music, third world poetry and literature, theory and criticism, beaches, sunsets, wide open spaces, sports and running, laughter, art, and photography sustain me. i love to travel alone. it's the best way to get lost in the labyrinth of my thoughts.

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