There is a mountain that once had a flowing river said to come from the same source that watered the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. It is believed that if the mountain is presented with all of human knowledge it will awaken and the river will flow again. A group of monks charged themselves with the task of reading every book aloud to the mountain. Days, months, and years pass. As they read, the books turned to stone in their hands, their voices poured out like gold, and their bodies withered like ash rising from a fire. When the river flowed it soaked into their faded bodies and carried them through the earth.
© Math Monahan