Platonic Lambda at High Peaks

On the High Peaks Trail at the Pinnacles
in a gap of trees, I spot a mountain ridge
that resembles the Platonic Lambda.

Eleventh letter of the Greek alphabet
which looks like an upside down "V" that
Plato called the Soul of the Universe—

The even series— 1, 2, 4, 8, and
the odd series— 1, 3, 9, 27
woven from the sacred source of Oneness.

Around the bend, I get a closer glimpse
of this moving image of eternity—
how time and heaven were born together,

God fashioning the four elements by
form and number— fire, water, air, earth—
perfected and harmonized in proportion.

Pyramid assigned to fire, cube to earth.
While my friends hike ahead, I stay behind
at trail's bend to learn from Cubic Rock.

"O teach me what you've learned all these years
on the Soul's mysteries?" And after a long
silence he says: "Absolutely Nothing!"

"That's why they call me a blockhead" he laughs.
And leaving him, I wonder if he's a fool
or me wasting time learning from a rock.

Later I come to Blue Sage who tells me:
"Cubic Rock is Tarot's Fool whose wisdom
of No-Mind is knowledge of the Absolute."

This was my surprise at the Pinnacles—
Meeting Platonic Lambda at High Peaks
and Uncarved Block's lesson on Emptiness.

— Peter Y. Chou
     Mountain View, 6-28-2009