by Alex Noble
You see the elegant symmetry of it all. You see how all your shapes fit together in a divine pattern: the rivers, valleys, bluffs and oceans. You see, for the first time, that there is so much more to all this than you could ever have imagined back in that sheltered valley where you grew up, and which, for a long time, you never thought you wanted to leave. You are amazed at the widening horizons of choice now available to you, available because you have dared to jump into thin air, and fly.
You don’t have to whittle down the edges, as you used to do all the time, to make things work. Your valleys balance your mountains, your rolling green fields balance your clouds. Your shining blue rivers and oceans hold the whole quilt of your life journey together. Nearly drunk with happiness, you bank to the north, turn slowly, and descend over a waterfall. Then, you catch another updraft and ascend to a new high.
You can see so far now! You can see lost civilizations, and you can see into the future to civilizations yet to be created. You watch as great rain forests become barren deserts, and then reinvent themselves in a thousand shades of green. You listen to the singing of dolphins and the lonely calling of giant whales. You watch enormous multicolored land masses stir and shift, as new continents form beneath you, and then fragment into islands and archipelagos.