Ladakh

Horizons expand
in the desolate, sun-gold stillness
of this barren plateau.

Distance is deceptive
in this wild, wind-eerie moon land.

A mystic band
of grey-brown light plays tricks,
and shimmers in a thousand ways.

Clouds,
white and storm-black
gather in the same soaring sky.

Ancient chortens entice;

drawing you into their stone greyness.

Mesmerising symbols of the nature of mind.

“Om Mani Padme Hum”

Horizons expand
in the desolate, sun-gold stillness
of this barren plateau.

© Annette Gartland