Wednesday, December 12, 2012

View from the Top of a Postcard

Posted for Poets United Wonder Wednesday #13 Postcards:

HALF DOME is the ANSWER

Start early
For you have several steps
Some treacherous
To take.

Bow down
On awestruck knees
Feel the mist
On your face.

Climb
And keep climbing
Steep
Then steeper.

On the steps 
Of vertigo
Don't be fooled
Into turning back.

Turn back when
Rock is wet
Lightning is striking
Or handholds not installed.

Grab hold 
Of steel cables
Lean back a little
And haul yourself up.

Walk the top
Crawl to the edge
And reel into
Gravity.

Look down
The northwest face
See climbers
Suspended.

Retreat to middle ground
Meet world hikers
From Israel, France, Romania, Australia.
They all speak English.

Try
To not share your lunch
With begging
Marmots.