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Stairway to Heaven

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9000 feet in the air
Sharp, clean mountain breeze fills the hikers noses
Creating a dry taste in their mouths
Crumbly rusty rock underfoot

Misty purple clouds fill the horizon
Whistling wind traveling through the calderas

The clouds spread out like a blanket
Reflecting the orangey sky
The sun splays around the edge of the foreboding volcano
Slowly falling behind it

A lone peak rises above the cover
Outlined in yellow and salmon
Some long, sparsely shaded clouds fly ahead
like busy New Yorkers
Almost in our reach.

I rest on candy rocks
While watching the sun make its slow descent.



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