Cairns

by Alanna

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Rocks stacked upon rocks

Balancing.

Stone sentinals

Marking the way

When the path is unclear

 

The Inuits have a name for them

Inukshuks

Theirs with heads, arms, legs

Human forms

Beckoning landmarks on the stark tundra

When the frozen landscape

Has nothing more to offer

 

Cairns may be memorials

Built in quiet places of beauty

Marking those departed

Or they can be built for reasons unknown

Even to the builder

A primitive response that rises deep within

 

Cairns beget cairns

Travelers make their encounter

And desire to build more

Placing rock upon rock

With focused intention

Until cairn families appear

On lakeshores

The openings of caves

Lonely plateaus

Summoning the wild spirits that ride the wind

Guiding their way home

 

Photo by the author

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2 Comments to “Cairns”

  1. MAGIC, WHAT COULD BE MORE REAL ALANNA? CHINA

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