Come now child, here now child,
You with the clear eyes
We will leave this valley floor and
Ascend San Jacinto’s snowy heights
Rising rose in twilight’s blushing glance.
They say this peak was named for a boy
Who defied an emperor and dying, deified –
Joined the empyrean company clothed
In the same stars this promontory scrapes.
They say a mountain is but a moment
In deep time, a terrestrial wave
That water and wind will wear down,
That runs the course of all empires –
Descending to desolation.
I say this mountain lives forever
In the moment you and I look upon it,
Forever for the brave boy who
Gave it his name,
Forever in this moment:
This ladder between heaven and earth.
©Jedidiah Paschall – February 27, 2019
Note: Mt. San Jacinto is a prominent feature on the northeastern horizon near my hometown. It was named after the early second century Christian Martyr, Hyacinth of Caesarea.