Queen of the mountain


illustration by Monique Ravensberg for MRSTAR for international mountain day

Tomorrow is the international day of the mountains.
I come from a flat country with some hills in the south.
In my youth I saw mountains in the film ‘the sound of music’.
Those were mountains with edelweiss.
If you yodel, the sound vibrations are carried away far away.

In my twenties, the music of Burning Spear takes me to the queen of the mountain.
Queen of the Mountains is an unforgettable song.
This queen, who is also called queen Nanny, really existed.
She is a true hero, mysterious, strong in leadership and spirit.
She is one of the woman figures who inspires me.

My inspiration takes me to a woman with dreads on her head.
Impressive dreads filled with wisdom and strength.

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