Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln and Little Haystack

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By Falling Water,

We passed into the journey,

Less concerned for if –

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The emboldened face,

Of granite, ever stoic,

Watched us climb over.

DSC03231Tired from trees,

Turning to the sky, for hope,

And inspiration.DSC03236Blinding autumn star,

Beaming over glowing streams,

Over Shining Rock.

DSC03238 A smallness is known,

To man, on a narrow ledge,

Under hard granite.DSC03244

Finally breaking,

A fine view through the tree line,

Encouraging us.

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Just a breath away,

Seemingly, Lafayette stands –

Impartially quiet.

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Endless summit sea,

Rolling waves of challenges,

On peaks yet unknown.

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Freedom is a length –

A measurement from the soul,

To endless wonder.

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The road to freedom,

Knows no enclosures or bonds,

Charges or limits.

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We stood on the edge,

To better know the high ridge,

Outside the bare path.

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In a certain sweep,

Our souls wandered the valleys,

Yet alive and well.

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Monumental cairn,

More of a fragile old friend,

Than a trail marker.

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And in looking back,

We saw the distance behind,

While catching our breath.

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Sudden consciousness –

To know where we were going,

And where we came from.

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Defiant vertical –

Never underestimate!

The power of stone.

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Curving cirrus clouds,

Beyond the stoic sheer wall –

Pass in deference.

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Where once shelter stood,

Memories of hitched horses,

Rest on the summit.

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One last longing glance,

Toward a place I knew well.

Must this be goodbye?

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Long roads lie ahead,

Dying sun tussles the grass,

Beneath my worn feet.

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Yet extraordinary,

To see again the ridges,

In the cool distance.

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The mountain, setting,

Not unlike the sun, brilliant,

In my mind’s eye still.

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With inches of light,

The forest path grows fast dim,

as we disappear.

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