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Nestled deep among the thinly settled northeast, modest in light of the world's greater ranges, the White Mountains sprawl; only their highest peaks, beaten bare and snow-capped, pierce the warring currents above – the world's windiest. Far west are North America's high plains, host to massive buttes sprawling among the formidable Rockies and Tetons; stark and forbidding – found to be hostile to all but the most determined of settlers.  And who has surveyed afoot the majestic Andes, Alps, or Himalayas? Spanning such vastness touches the grandest nature of awe – a defining often deadly.

Who sees the fogs of morning rise
adorning tree lined hills;
traversing through a sun-blessed dawn,
abiding autumn's chill?
  Wending on through stately pine
  Where winds still whisper songs sublime

Who sees with eyes of budding wonder
those splendor-mantled mountain sides;
whose dappled foliage, arching brows,
has oft' a craggy face to hide?
  What breathless grandeur fills this view
  Above fair meadows draped with dew

Who feels the bracing clash of airs
traversing spires so high
that silver ribbons, rivers seem
and naught but eagles fly?
  What trees remain are withered now
  Before the gnawing winds to bow

And having climbed yet higher still;
Every season's vigor chilled –
  Survey below a spacious land
  Consider then purveying hands
This hybred of prose and verse is a 'traditional fixed form' only in that I sustain a fixed rhyming scheme and made an attempt at harmonious rhythm throughout its strophes. There is no historical precident that I consciously endeavored to emulate.

The subject is a re-imagining of an early 2010 piece; 'Wonder'
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:iconhalcyonshores:
halcyonshores Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautifully enchanting. :heart:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:sun:Thank you so much for reading, commenting and favoring my work so VERY often.
:heart::heart::heart:
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The pleasure is absolutely mine. :hug::heart::hug:
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pseudometry Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Writer
Fantastic sensory description. Agree with comparison to wine above, what details here are to savour and re-savour, for sure.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you; a small tribute to a vast resource. :heart:
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:iconpseudometry:
pseudometry Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Writer
Indeed! :)
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Bark Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Beautifully epic!
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so glad you could enjoy it. Thanks for adding it to your collections as well. :heart:
As in a haibun (though the poetic element would be a much briefer haiku) the prose sets up the tone and scope of the poem that follows.
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Writer
a fantastic piece.

"Who feels the bracing clash of airs
traversing spires so high
that silver ribbons, rivers seem
and naught but eagles fly?
What trees remain are withered now
Before the gnawing winds to bow"

are marvelous lines.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, thank you kind sir. :sun:
I appreciate your attention on this; comments, collecting and featuring it in your group.
I have visited there and it holds an interesting focus; hosting themes I write about frequently.
I think i'll join (if you'll have me).
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