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Near Death and Back

I am in awe of your
magnificent and mammoth mass,
as you tower above all
that surrounds you.

I marvel at your mighty Herculean
strong, sturdy, steel strength
with which you maintain your security.

I tremble when I see your slats
of conjoined wood sway and shake
like a bridge unnerved by an earthquake.

Yet I become one with you,
as you guide me along your crooked path
with lightening and frenzied velocity.

At times, I can touch the sky
while my back flies parallel
to the earth below me.
The sun’s within my reach.

We fall, plunging what seems like miles,
only to be raised again like a Phoenix.
There are more mountains to ascend.

And in the end, it is never-ending.
I will remember your fury and the thrill
that took me near death and back.

COPYRIGHT 2001 by Michael Bonanno
LOC Reg. #TXu 988-155

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