The Insanely Precious, Ordinary Moments of a Life

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Reach

Hand over hand
a dirt stained body rises.

Hand over hand
clinging to the coarse woven fibers;
Skin burning with every red inch.
Moment by moment giving up
and holding on.

Hand over hand, rising above the canopy.
inch by inch into daylight;
The breath a chant, a prayer and plea.
The expansive sky in defiance
of everything once believed to be closed.

Terns drift by on their long migration.
To the endless world, the climber offers a small cry
merging in a wild chorus with every pitch.

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