Once there was a mountain babe
who climbed from mother’s womb.
He was born into a mountainless land
while the flowers were in bloom.
Once there was a mountain boy
who climbed his father’s side.
He stood upon his father’s shoulders
and met the crown with pride.
Once there was a mountain youth
who scaled the tallest trees.
He gazed upon the openness
and found no mountains within reach.
Once there was a mountain man
who dreamt of higher peaks.
He would have sought the mountain tops
if it were not for the children at his feet.
Once there was a mountain elder
now too old to make the climb.
He settled near the tallest trees
it was just the right incline.