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There's something to be said
of standing on a mountain peak
with the powerful wind
nearly blowing you off your feet.
The air is clean
and crisp to your face,
as your eyes absorb all there's to see -
hundreds of miles of jagged land
stretching out into the horizon;
at this point the Earth,
with all its force,
could swallow you whole.
But it doesn't, and you're thankful
to be 14,000 feet high,
feeling small and big at the same time.
©: 1996 JP Astier