To Be Better Than We Are
To some, the mountain
paths seem to offer
only lonely and frightening adventures.
To others, these high scaffolds
in the sky lead to views of spectacular beauty,
while offering the solitude necessary
to reflect a little about ourselves.
To me, it is not enough to say "we are done"
at the end of our day because we can then
begin to experience the great majesty
of Nature's handiwork embodied in the
towering summits above us.
If we can survive the struggle
necessary to gain the strong heights,
the lesson to be found will be clear enough.
No matter what befalls stone and flesh,
the meaning of Nature remains unchanging...
Nature's ways will endure,
they serve our better half,
working the weaker part
toward a common goal;
that mankind can always be better
than it is when the struggle to gain
these heights is undertaken and won.
An inner peace to live by,
all the good Nature offers...
such can be found in but a single footstep.