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The Angelic Temple Of Deliverance, Corner of Washington & Kingshighway Eye climbs precariously along the near sheer sand colored face of this manmade cliff, seeking purchase in shallow joints and the edges of deep blue and green stained glass windows that glisten like ice floes; granted I have never been to Egypt or Rome, I have seen Cecil B. De Mille's "The Ten Commandments" almost every Easter I can remember, and I do live near downtown, so I have enough edifice ennui to temper my enthusiasm; still there is something about this ANGELIC TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE that challenges me to journey, driving an occasional contemplative piton before moving on; until, near the top, I pause to consider whether within this vaulted cavern could angels not only fly unimpeded-those big wings and big hair, you know-but actually enjoy a game of celestial volleyball when along the periphery of vision something distracts my whimsy; upon an errant breeze sometime a seed must have hitched a ride and, though spindly, the offspring towers over its parental foliage; roots web across the sere blocks, seeking what nourishment can be found for a trunk no larger than a medium sized limb; no birds nest there, too fragile I suppose, yet still that it is here at all, growing out of a cornice, seems fitting; as I rappel streetward, I wonder if it's perhaps a bush, not a tree, or maybe an echo of laughter.
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