Written in the Mountains of Arlene.
We gathered in a lodge beneath the shade Of Arlene’s highest peak and shivered in The chill as daylight soon began to fade. How cold it was! A day as none have been And I believe that none shall ever be! The falling snow was shattered by the gales Which moaned an eerie arctic melody. From this, I soon recalled the ancient tales Of those who first had carved this frigid path In only cloaks of fur with fragile seams And faced the mountain-tempest’s bitter wrath To find the pass which led to melted streams. “But how?” I thought. “If not with guides divine?” Perhaps their myths were not as we were taught, Perhaps they truly found an astral sign And followed it without a doubting thought. That night, as I lay miserable and cold I dreamt of trailing prints along the snow And traced them all throughout the silent wold Until I spied the ghosts of long ago. They huddled close and shared their little food To gather strength they needed to ascend. It pained my heart to see their gear so crude For few would ever see the journey’s end. Already Winter occupied these lands And held them in a frozen, lifeless state. The grueling path ahead held high demands And threatened to become their final fate. And yet, from all of this they seemed immune For still they stood as one with hope and pride And softly on their lips they held a tune: A simple one, as sung by fireside. They sung of better days so near to hand: Of harvesting the fruits of all their dreams, Of trading swords for tools to work the land And resting where the crystal river teems. They sung of blooming fields and harvests fair Of feeling warmth upon their aching skin Of freely offering a thankful prayer And caring for their neighbors as their kin. Indeed, they sang: such days would surely come When they could pause to settle down and rest. But first they’d need to push their bodies numb And conquer this, their final destined test. I woke upon the morn to a raging storm And felt the cold begin to shake my core But in my heart, I clung to something warm: That Song of Hope from those of long before.