Eternal Place
by Marcus Draik

Over the mountains
The nebulous mountains
Over the mountainsides vapored and vast
There lies a forest
This path-twisting forest
There lies a forest which no man has passed

Veiled in the navel of pathways unfound
Stretches a realm of bamboo-vestured ground
There built of pillars
Smooth towers of green
There stands the kingdom which no eye has seen

Deep in this sanctum
Where scepters stand grown
Strides there its princess
Sedate
Through her throne
While over the forest
Breasting its calm
Echoes the descant
The hocchiku's psalm

Over the mountains
Lo, nebulous mountains
Over the mountainsides' peridot glow
There lies a forest
Lo, nebulous forest
There lies a forest which no footsteps know