From this height he sees no people,

only large patches of green

and sand spangled rivers

meandering through occasional cities.

It's hard to tell where he is--

so remote from the turmoil of toiling things

a picture-postcard, perfectly still

suddenly crumpled by the hills.

That's when he once again remembers

what a fine woman she really is

but he worries what he'll be

when he's grounded again--

the god he now feels he is,

the man he finds it hard to be

or just another beast

whose every word or gesture kills.

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