Champney (Champion) Falls to the Chocorua Summit

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Cascades opening,

The valley for the trail –

Our invitation.

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Unforgettable –

The tree that climbed the rock face,

and never came down.

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Under massive stones,

We took a peek at darkness,

And felt sudden chill.

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Chiaroscuro,

Unapologetic, bold –

Rocks that say ‘Get lost.’

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Don’t trouble yourself

With worrying over roots,

Straight from a Märchen.

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Higher and higher,

Our steps lifted us quickly,

Into the great whites.

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On the perfect day,

We saw purple majesty –

All of the mountains.

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We held each other,

Without a care in the world,

But for a moment.

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A summit beagle,

Sleepy, slumbering beagle,

A ho-hum beagle.

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Southern exposure,

Boulders pressing the blue sky,

Making cloud diamonds.

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I felt cool metal,

Just under my fingertip –

I had arrived then.

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Guardian angel,

Just over my right shoulder,

Keeping watch of me.

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Guardian angel,

Just over my left shoulder,

Showing me the path.

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Wide open heavens,

Were always enough for us.

We reached paradise.

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The ridge to heaven,

Though treacherous and shifting,

Is well worth the climb.