I Love

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I love the cool transparency

Of the Himalayan skies;

The calm, unfeeling way the sun

Shines bright but grants no warmth

To the powerful black pyramids

Or the shining mountain tops,

Or the tiny figures frozen on

The steep, white, endless slopes;

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I love the deceiving embrace

Of cold lakes and ocean depths;

One moment it will comfort you,

The next — strangle to death;

The waves will share their fairy-tales

And secrets with one man,

While another will be driven mad

By a sudden storm’s black rage;

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I love the true, raw loneliness

Of a fighter in the ring,

Where fears collide and courage hides,

Where dreams turn into demons,

Where the audience cheers and applauds

The winner of the fight,

And where the loser feels forgotten,

Destroyed, defeated – only for one night;

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I love the roads that can’t be built

And those that know the rhythm

Of thousands of pilgrims’ feet

And the tales of sins they want forgiven;

Those roads that take you to the edge

Where off the precipice

You can send flying down a rock

Or a burdensome memory;

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There are so many things I love,

But not one of them can feel

The way a human being can -

They do not have that weakness;

There are so many things of beauty

But none would yield to greed,

Only in the heart can one keep their light

And their timeless wisdom;

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The things I love and want the most

Run, like sand, through my fingers;

Not for a moment they’ll pretend

That they exist solely for me;

One day I wish I could become

Just like those dreams and loves -

Like a diamond which outlives each owner,

Like heart that outlives life