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It’s exciting
at the start

Going to climb the mountain
going to get
to the top
breathe that remarkable air


In truth
he is in bed

“It’s the fever
makes him like this,”
she lamented

But his eyes lit up
as they
got closer to the mesa

Almost there!
Just about there!

“The climb is better than the plateau”

“Dad, what did you say?”
but he was silent
his head
slightly turned in the pillow

“Sleep well…”

Little did she know
he was now at the very
of the mountain

Several birds flew above him

One stopped 
sauntered down
peer at him
as if
“You made it!
You made it!”

(On July 4th we salute all those who helped to keep us free)