The Central Andes with the
Peruvian cordillera (like all great mountains)
Keeps me awake until morning’s light…
For what is most sacred and is written in stone,
Comes down from the mountain tops…
Writing itself on the tablets of our hearts–
Around the fires of the
And so it is and so it was with Moses on
Mount Horeb, and here
Tonight, sleeping at the foot of Machu Picchu!
If you too had been here you would know–
Why I have sworn a covenant
Of the Mountain!
I shall grant no hospitality to fear.
I shall entertain caution but briefly.
I shall always and forever
Open my heart at the hearth
Of the God of the Mountain!