Montane Persistence

Enduring the seasons
light passes into dark
submitting to winter elongation
comfort of long nights

Under blankets of crystals
roots in rain soaked peat
encouraged by vernal radiation
seeking growth in the light

Survival in the exposure
winds fed by Atlantic rage
rains like hell from heavens
twisted existence resolute

Insignificant beside the trail
that leads curious minds
to seek meaning from
megalithic constructions

Each limb a monument
a testament of contortion
hardened with determined
will of a natural survivor

Through the dark wood
life grows concentric
emerging in leafy greens
celebrating with blooms

Montane life of persistence
demure beauty
twisted by reality
survival the life sentence .

Ciaran Burke
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