Poem: On The Journey

here’s a poem I’ve set to music that sounds, to me, like a train journey from the foothills of the Himalayan Rainforest to the rarefied slopes above the cloud-line…

On my journey
Through the Himalayas
I seem as stranger
And as friend

A stranger to these new experiences
A friend to the spirit of the hillsides
A friend to the ghosts of the forest
A lover of the increasingly rarefied atmosphere

refrain
And onwards and upwards we travel
And onwards and upwards we climb
All the seasons on one journey
A string of pearls, of moments, one at a time

Kissing leaves of passing treetops
Rhythmic insects set the pace
Steam is breathing warm and comforting
As the clouds of calm embrace

Birds now join our Natural Symphony
Sing their part, then fly away
Calling others to join one concert
To celebrate this breaking day

refrain
And onwards and upwards we travel
And onwards and upwards we climb
All the seasons on one journey
A string of pearls, of moments, one at a time

Altitude and gravity in symbiosis
Play their own strange mystic game
As thoughts add pauses to the script now
And worries seem to fade away

Distance brings its own perspective
The mountains have a higher plan
The crowds have faded, noise grows quiet
And I have become another man

refrain
And onwards and upwards we travel
And onwards and upwards we climb
All the seasons on one journey
A string of pearls, of moments, one at a time

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