The Rigi State of Mind

Form: Italian Sonnet 4

The queen of mountains, a peak for the climb
But she is much more than a place to go
Inspiring words of an old poet’s rhyme
On her paths the state of mind starts to flow
Between pulsing attitudes of lost time
Between lake waters and eternal snow
Sweet mountain side of memories sublime
The place where Goethe’s soul I came to know
Looking out from your crest I see delight
Capturing poet’s words and artist’s paint
From Alpine peaks to the lakes the eyes see
Reasons the artists paint and poets write
Before their minds’ recall becomes to faint
And creative dreams are lost to Rigi
Chalets at Rigi by Alexandre Calame, 1861. Oil on canvas. Collection of National Gallery, London, UK


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