(dedicated to Betsy Oct 20, 2002)
The Miwoks knew you, proud lady of the mountain
Tamalpais is your identity
Prone and of the earth you are made.
It has been beautiful on top of you
I have seen you in Marin where
your elegant head lies
With your long hair flowing into the bay
From the skyline I saw your breast and thighs
Protruding through summer's morning fog
Your feet in Bolinas from an old log pier
Watching you change with seasons
Lying peacefully under a misty blanket
Moving majestic ancient natural wonder
Symbolizing feminine power and beauty.
JOHN COSGRAVE 1979