I did not expect it
Indeed, “have no expectations” is what I heard
Yet here I am at the boundary of my mountain hike 
Where tree cover ends and the open path lies before me
And I feel lighter once again.

This time the transition was gradual
It came on the upward ascent
And now as I look out on the mountain skyline
And see the changing pattern of shadows
From the clouds driven by the autumn wind
My soul feels a subtle stirring
And there is hope once more within m heart.

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