A Pact with the Mountain God (with Japanese poem)
January 15, 2006
Marker on Paper
A Pact with the Mountain God (original poem)
Poem by Keith J Eldridge January 15, 2006
A pact for peace and safety in the mountains
“I won’t underestimate the strength of the Mountain God.”
“Let your strength bring beauty, not destruction.”
How we have mistreated you!
We will not underestimate your strength
We see your power
Let your fire bring us merely warmth
Let your rain bring us only rainbows
Let your snow bring beautiful views
We dug your soil and moved it
We flattened your forests
We cut your trees down and wasted them
We polluted your waters
We raided your mines without first asking permission
We burned your fields
We bore tunnels through you
We leveled your peaks
We littered your ground
We fought in your home
Let us not destroy each other
Let us enjoy your power in the form of beauty
This is a pact with the Mountain God. This design has the poem included. I heard these words being dictated to me and wrote them down. I highly recommend reading the poem/pact in the full design as well.
It is an admission by humankind to nature of the things we’ve done wrong and how we’ve mistreated the Earth and
I believe that hundreds (or more likely thousands) of years ago, everyone understood the power and importance of nature and our surroundings, and paid proper respect, and we were able to live without having to see the wrath of Mother Nature’s anger (not to say there were no places without extreme climate).
I think we forgot that Mother Nature will gladly provide us with what we need to live
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After that I went back to sleep and woke up with the first line of the poem in my head, then wrote it down. I tried to go back to sleep again when the next line came, then the next, then the next… finally I decided I had to get up and complete the design.
- Nature lovers
- Those working in nature or forestry
- Those who enjoy camping, hiking, mountain climbing
- Those living in the woods
- Green Peace
- People who wish to become one with nature
- Anyone who wants to help clean up the environment