“There’s no sense in going further —
it’s the edge of cultivation,”
So they said, and I believed it —

Till a voice, as bad as Conscience,
rang interminable changes
In one everlasting Whisper
day and night repeated — so:
“Something hidden. Go and find it.
Go and look behind the Ranges —
Something lost behind the Ranges.
Lost and waiting for you. Go!

– Rudyard Kipling, from the poem, The Explorer

Lake George [formerly Reflection Seascape], 1922
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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