While Our Lips are Still Red

A poem documenting the third climb to Mt. Batur, an active volcano located in Kintamani, Bangli, Bali, Indonesia. It  is a subsequent mountain from a cataclysmic prehistoric eruption (about 28,500 years ago) of a volcano, creating the current mountain and the largest lake in Bali.

Sunrise at Mount Batur (Martin Haufschild)

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Here I stood high
Waiting for the withering dawn
On top of a mountain
Where the journey just began

Starting with green pine forests
Then passing reddish mountain rocks covered with lava
And the sand track later that would frustrate your steps
Before seeing Edelweiss dance in every corner of your eyes

Later at the hot spring down below
I’d wash your toes;
I’d warm your feet
So we could kiss while our lips are still red

©mhsantosa (2012)
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2 thoughts on “While Our Lips are Still Red

  1. Subhan Zein says:

    I miss this mountain! Seeing the panorama through the picture isn’t sufficient. I need to arrange a schedule to visit in when I go to Bali in less than 2 weeks!

    Subhan Zein
    #PS: I saw your message, it is unfortunate we couldn’t meet while you were here, I was in Sydney for a Writing retreat last week and have just returned. Hope you had a great time! 🙂

    1. Made Hery Santosa says:

      Cool! Yes, you have to experience this mountain, Mas. Not a very difficult track, though. Yet, still worth it! If possible, visit the old Trunyan village across the lake, too 🙂

      That’s alright Mas, I met some fellows from your Uni and great people in our association. We’ll meet next time, I believe! ^^


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