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A tectonic birth,
these mountains rising,
Their growth labor intensive
and not without a little dirt
(trees don’t really grow from rock).

Even the Himalayas
expand at an abominable rate,
Something like six centimeters
each year.  No wonder Yeti
gets unsettled.

I have never been to Nepal,
These mountains that stand sentinel
in my world grow slowly,
There is no Olympus Mons here,
not even an Everest.

We have no super aspirations,
Some days it’s hard to breathe at all,
but these are proud mountains;
they stand tall,
ever reaching for heaven.