By Michael W. Raley
I close my eyes and retreat into my mind.
I can see the mountains as if I am there.
The majesty, the beauty, the only place
Where my spirit, mind, and body are at peace.
The winding roads,
The gorgeous blue skies
Seemingly untouched by industry.
The snow-capped peaks at the height of summer.
Nature’s grandeur of wildlife-
Elk, big-horned sheep, and marmots
Living out their existence.
How my soul longs for the mountains!
The mountains are not obstacles,
But a point of perspective.
For when viewed from the mountain top,
Our problems become small and insignificant.