mountain face

staring at a mountain face

steeped in distant ice

glimmering from the lowering sun

turning the ridge line dark

and pronouncing the steepness

of vertical reaching

i long to escape its arctic

but not its staggering beauty

lonesome and peering

from my human gaze

the sheer wildness

beckons me on ponder

but not survive

the harsh and frozen steeple

of majestic sight

that is before me

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