By Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

…Therefore the way of the soul…leads to the water,

to the dark mirror that lies at the bottom.”

—Carl Jung

The mountain obsidian shale 

cups the green water 

in the palm of its oddly shaped hand 

Mountain immovable ageless 

harboring sage and chapparal trails 

where Chumash elders roam 

Mountain with sphinx gaze 

watching a million tides recede 

watching the endless trek and settle 

The Seraphim whisper 

Echoes dance among the willows 

looping the angelic harmony 

The lake ancient as the runted hills 

gathers the oldest secrets of the valley 

close to its cleavage 

Open to any soul questing 

touching bottom a costly discovery 

deep in the quiet place

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is a poet, playwright, environmental educator and peace activist. She served as Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. Her books include Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella, Common Ancestry, and Black Street: Poems. Rolle has led workshops through her Song of Place Poetry Project since 1997. Also by this poet: "Circle of Painted Stones (at La Casa de Maria)" and "In Peace and Gratitude."