THE CLOSER YOU GET,
THE MORE YOU CAN FEEL IT
While in Washington, D.C.
I had a taxi drop me off
at the Lincoln Memorial at night.
This popular national monument
never closes, and is especially uncrowded
on winter weeknights, in the later hours.
Even from the start of my climb
(there are 98 steps to Lincoln's pedestal),
I could feel the grandeur of this imposing
limestone and marble monument.
With each step, the scale and majesty of
the huge pillars framed our 16th president
as he sat before his visitors.
The statue became bigger and bigger,
while the surroundings grew quieter and quieter.
The closer I got,
the more I could feel the reverence of this special place.
Abraham Lincoln was enormous,
surrounded by the words of his famous
I was one-on-one, alone face-to-face
with one of our greatest presidents.
It was an emotional experience
which I won't soon forget.