An out of the way place offers a moment
to rest on the way though the path is not
easy up the winding trail the coffins were
once drawn part river bed it offers no sleep
for those weary of life. As the bell tolls
drawing us on the path encloses, comforts,
becomes an old friend. Sacred and secular
are drawn here not for hymns or liturgies,
but for her ancient simple silence offered
by wood and stone. Walkers intent on their
journey become pilgrims for a time and stop
awhile to refresh in a generous welcome.
And determination grows for the journey on
the mountain path beyond as quietness returns
to her walls she awaits new visitors to bathe in
an experience of the other.