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  • By David B. Gosselin

The Foggy Peaks

The peaks were barely seen that night—they hid Among a sea of aster-painted clouds.

The skies were filled with stars that shone like pearls Strewn on the shoals of treasure-laden isles.

The sage and pupil journeyed on, although Beholding neither earthly fields below

Nor mountaintops rearing their jagged crests Into the time-exempted floods above.

“But how are we to make our way, or know In which directions we should choose to go?”

Questioned the student as he waded through The unshorn clouds that whirled about their waists.

“How can we find our way out of this world Master—it seems a tenfold mystery?”

The sage continued through the cloudy flood, Though he could neither see his feet below

Nor catch sight of the craggy trails that formed The stair on which they made their slow ascent.

The sage paused solemnly before the clouds— “There’s only one way to find out,” he said.

“Besides, all that we know are mysteries.” Like clouds, the sage and pupil drifted on.

David B. Gosselin is a writer, researcher, and poet based in Montreal. His poetry collection is entitled Modern Dreams.

1 comentário

03 de abr. de 2022

If the sage trips and falls off an embankment, then the pupil is left in the fog. (not intended as sarcasm). In such a a case the pupil is on his own. The advice of one sage may be helpful but ultimately our world view synthesizes the advice of many sages and we have to proceed with caution and the determination to reach a goal based on our own convictions, irrespective of any advice.

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