standing on the heights

A few years ago, I climbed Mt. Torreys with my brother, Dale, who has climbed many of Colorado’s 14ers.  (Photo found at all trails)


 

inhale mountain air

top-of-world experience

scale barren summit

bird’s eye view of blue vista

worth gulping lungs, aching legs

 

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photo by Brian Mehringer

for my brother

 

Yesterday, you and I hiked steep slopes above timberline together.

Yesterday, we scrambled to the mountain’s rocky summit, shouting;

Yesterday, both of us could see for miles into the future’s glorious vista.

Today, we sit on this boulder, gulping for oxygen and squinting at horizon.

Today, trail is precarious scree and semi-obscured by fog of fears, tears

Today, we rub our aching muscles and commiserate with breaking hearts

But tomorrow…tomorrow will dawn brilliant where sorrow will be no more!
 


Linking this poem (revised from an earlier version) with d’Verse Poets today.  I’m hosting “poetics” with a mountain theme and the online pub opens at 3 EST.  Come join us!