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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 2, March 16th, 1949.

There is a Mountain

There is a Mountain

There is a mountain
like an old man on his back,
his onetime stern brows
against a blossoming nightfall
his pot-belly swollen grotesquely
with a for tree in his navel . . .

(Never see clefts,
only shadows
on flatness
as depths . . .)

The crimson clouds slowly strang
across the darkening blue shell
—suddenly disappearing
behind a thick sheet
that is the night.

The mountain slowly changes,
becoming an unbounded mass
without lines to persist
into disintegration,
into its own background
and my thought . . .

—Ralph Unger'