Ice Diamonds spumed clouds from Dhalugiri’s summit.
Eighteen thousand feet below,
In sand-storm heat, between sandstone heights,
Among rounded pebbles, I found a fossil – coiled and black:
An Ammonite (Mollusc Cephalopod); a zonal index.
Ang Jamu said, “Sahib, this is a Sholigram.
Lord Vishnu is in this and in the world.”
Ang Jamu did not doubt such things as Avatars of Gods;
The abundance of Annapurna; the proof of Zumes; the Eternal
Fire on the stone at Muktinath; the Four Noble Truths and
He walked his eight-fold Path with Sherpa certainty.
Hutton (Geologist, Atheist) dispelled such exegeses,
Would have us know: Old (Red) Sanstone was laid down
Seventy million years ago – the Mesozoic Age. Before man
Stood, creatures died, were turned to stone, in
The Kali Gandaki Gorge, these smooth stones and shingle banks
Once lay beneath the sea: this was his Theory of the Earth.
So, see this Portknockie sandstone cliff,
Ingrained with cracks and flaws
– Was once the shore, yes?
Yes! And these rounded rocks and polished pebbles
– Could be Bombay Beach, or high in the Himalaya?
Yes! And see that boulder at the bottom right?
Yes? – Its age old lines fading, like a legend
Saying (in Napali), “Om Mani Padme Hum.”
– Hail O Jewel in the Lotus Flower.
– Ponder this….have you seen tongues of fire?