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Posted: April 6th. 2004 11:15:57 AM

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by Tree Higgins

Age Group: Adult

A long climb...
booted feet slipping on
rain-dampened rocks
gloved hands grasping
places felt before seen.
This morning a peak
beckoned as I passed by
motioned me onward with
whispered promises of
places seldom seen.
I had stopped my car,
hearing earth's voice
urging me to climb this
raw untamed place.
Half way up, I perched on a rocky
outcropping, sipping Gatorade
humming in tune with the
voice only I could hear...
that call of a mountain,
that call of an expectant lover.
Ignoring torn jeans, I crawled
a path too steep to walk, stones
bit my shins and scraped my arms-
I paid no attention.
My hands bled on sharp
ledges I traversed-
Still I paid no heed.
The hunger for the peak
drowned my pains.
I danced with obsession,
(a most formidable partner.)
As sun started its downward
climb across the horizon,
I pulled my aging body
over the last edge
and filled my eyes...
on twelve feet of granite,
bald but for one forlorn
laurel waving in the wind.
I stood up and wondered
why this sudden obsession?
Why this climb now?
Why now when no one
knew where I was or
what I was doing?
and where no person came?
Bent my head I did in
weary wonder, question
upon question to myself,
question of reasonableness,
of sanity, of choices,
(both this choice and others) ,
then a gentle wind moved
across my face, lifting hair
from my eyes and the mountain's
song began again in my heart.
I looked up across clear skies
and found mountain
after mountain reaching up
embracing life itself.
It is an eternal dance
that sweeps through rivers and people,
through valleys and mountains,
through nameless places and times.
This mountain and her sisters
were all embracing creation
and uncreation and everything
between. I raised my arms
over my head and tried
to embrace clouds,
a simple gesture but the
hardest one of all...
for in the clear skies
I saw myself and mountains
embracing our great Goddess
with reverence and found within
my embracing arms a moment
of unbounded joy.

Author's Notes: Sometimes, we just have to do a sudden, seemingly unreasonable climb a peak on the spur of a moment. Sometimes, if we are lucky, we find out why the thing we have done really wasn't so unreasonable after all. Tree

Author's Location: Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia
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