..And at once I knew I was not magnificent
Hulled far from the highway aisle
(Jagged vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles
Justin Vernon suddenly realizing his insignificance once again. Away from the hustle and bustle of urban life (as represented by the highway), he now only sees frozen isolation. He sees trees and nature that seems to only go on and on, and is in complete wonder of it.
Because of the beauty and vastness of his surroundings, he realizes he’s not “magnificent” and is just a small piece of the world’s puzzle.
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