From her broad shoulders to her weepy falls
Mt Elgon offers her view of the world,
Far stretching plains below,
Inside the crystal heart of an old volcano.
We scramble ant-like up her slopes,
Echoing our laughter in caves
Behind water curtains.
Thundering mist hides quick rolling clouds.
Slipping down trickling paths
Sudden rain offers risky water slides.
Blurry green dotted with pink flowers,
Banana leaf shelters and red coffee beans.
Cheered up-slope by morning sunshine
And clear views, she plays us sudden
In an endlessly unpredictable drama
Drenched and mud-splattered
We return to the town below.
At sunset we admire her sparkling jewels,
Her shapely form, from a respectful distance.
Mbale, Uganda, 2017