The Ascent

What does it take to ascend a mountain?

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Some say it takes a trained knowledge

of the ropes and anchors

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Others say it takes a natural courage and will of mind

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Others still say ascending a mountain takes nothing more than a good pair of boots

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I say the ascent will take a special type of person

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Not he who begins to run for the summit

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Or he who takes the turtle's pace

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But rather, the one who would edge a cliff without looking down

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Who would continue upwards as new heights continue to unfold

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The one who fills their eyes with beauty

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Their minds with a gritty determination

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And their hearts with peace

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These are those who the mountain will cherish

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And who will cherish the mountain-  forevermore

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