Round the Mountain (Pack a Lunch)

Summer 2018


 Round the Mountain (Pack a Lunch)
watercolor and ink
Charlene Happel

This original artwork is accompanied by the poem above. Together they are part of the artist’s ongoing story of healing. Charlene Happel is an artist and cancer survivor living in Portland, OR.

 Round the Mountain
(Pack a Lunch), October 2017

One day she realized
That the mountain she kept climbing
Was not hers.
In fact, it had nothing to do
With her.
So she decided
To take the long
Way around,
Uncover new friends,
Sing to the sky,
Eat from the earth,
Laugh with new loves,
And let the river
Show her how to be kissed
By the sun until sparkling.


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