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eagle-moon
July 27, 1999

Poem from David Mitchell
 
 

AN OLYMPIAN LESSON


I learned from Nanda Devi

That nature required me

To turn back twelve feet

Below each summit

(A gesture of respect

For conquest on time scales

Incomprehensible

To the merely living)

And never cloud

The enduring vision

By spilling tears

On monuments to those

I might have loved.
 


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