Sun Rise

Himalayan Foothills Sunrise, Himalayan Foothills Sunrise, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
In this softened world
With its honey sky
Dark chocolate mountains
Cradle a mocha mist

I drink it in
This perfection
This preternatural beauty

My spirit soars
My arms outstretched

Imagining, I’m a hawk in the wind

Himalayan Foothills Sunrise
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Uttarakhand, India

Taken during travels, 2017

We woke early, ready to go at 5:30AM, but our departure delayed. Arriving an hour later, we’d missed the sunrise and the crimson skies glimpsed from the jeep as it switch-backed its way to the temple at the peak.

I can only imagine what I missed, but what I witnessed — what I experienced — was exquisite.

Later, as the sun rose into the sky, and the colours faded to cloudy grey, we practiced yoga on the temple grounds, while the monkeys stole my breakfast.

A morning I could not have imagined.