Sense of Place

Stories from a decade of living in the himalayas


high mountain pasture
nomad practising centuries-old subsistence culture
tending sheep, harvesting wool
tinkering bell of yaks
trudging past with their load
echoing comfort across the vast, empty terrain
Kathmandu a city of temples
craft traditions humming amidst the labyrinth
of alleyways, town squares
bustling with tea drinking, sun bathing,
chattering congregations
like my father before me
following ancient trade routes
finding shelter, new ground, exchange
pilgrim trader craft contemplation mountain sea
a ruptured landscape
glimpses of belonging