Two Points of View

From this low-lying valley; Oh, how sweet 
And cool and calm and great is life, I ween, 
There on yon mountain-throne—that sun-gold crest! 

From this uplifted, mighty mountain-seat: 
How bright and still and warm and soft and green
Seems yon low lily-vale of peace and rest! 

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on January 17, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.