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View from Togwotee Pass

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Grand Teton National Park

There

you stand

and stare but your

mind cannot even start

to decipher what raw vision

reveals. Huge slabs of granite

protrude like fingers poking the sky

through layers of snow so high in space,

so high above the sagebrush and glacial kettle holes

and larger blue lakes sparkling in sun reflecting upside-

down images giving your mind twice as much to absorb.

Already you wonder what it would be like to stand on top of

the highest peak above dazzling snowfields, above the valley

floor in such a bright and pure Teton reality in which your mind

cannot resist becoming what it beholds even though you thought it couldn’t.

View from Togwotee Pass originally appeared in Pilgrimage / www.pilgrimagepress.org