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The peak within eye’s reach,

I believe I was nearing it.

Each step I took,

the length of my stride escaped unnoticed.

Rather the summit appears no nearer than a minute before,

and the sense of frustration builds up bit by bit.

I see passerbys overtaking me with ease,

unlike the glistening perspiration running down my back,

as despair tries to sneak in.

I stopped and turned around,

looking down at the distance covered since this morning.

Acknowledging my first attempt,

the progress so far,

pride defeated despair,

forcing it out.

Taking a deep breath,

I swung forward with a new resolve:

Within Reach.

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