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Old Man of the Mountain

from The Labor in Our Stillness by Joel Dobbins

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I was fifteen in May of 03
When the old man came crumblin' down
From up on Cannon Mountain where he spent his whole life
Every piece of him fell to the ground

With a chin that was chiseled of stone
And a mouth frozen taking a breath
Of that fresh, elevated, Franconia air
Two-thousand feet high 'til his death

And they wrote him in poetry
Hailed him in imagery
Even carved him in currency
Late in his life
But they couldn't protect
That Old Man of the Mountain
From the Nor'easter winds and the New England ice
For millennia lending an ear to the forest
Surrounded by choruses rising in praise
In my short simple life on that sorry small day
I outlived him to say even men made of stone do not stay


from The Labor in Our Stillness, released January 1, 2021


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