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Landscape Rushing

by Capt. John Irving
The landscape
seen at a rapid,
even terrifying pace,
is composed of rushing air,
shifting lights,
clouds, waves,
a constantly moving
changing horizon,
a constantly changing surface.

The view is no longer static.
The traditional way of seeing
and experiencing the world
is abandoned;
in its stead we become
active participants,
the shifting focus
of a moving abstract world;
all nerves and muscles
brought into play.

There is an almost
mystical quality
to the experience.
Our very identity
seems for the moment
to be transmuted.

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