Sitting on top of a mountain quenching my thirst
from the long hike behind us,
I look back down the slope that we climbed.
When you and I first reached the base of the incline,
gazing at the top as we filled our canteens from a spring,
we though the climb would be easy
and we charged it with adrenalin pumping in our veins.
But when we reached the top,
a whole other mountain towered above us.
We took the setback lightheartedly and set off again
with the top in sight, overcoming the awkward stones
that pummeled the bottoms of our feet
as we slipped on moss and loose topsoil.
We used the trees to help pull ourselves up the mountain
and the occasional whip of a branch across our cheeks
only made us strive harder to conquer the task.
And when we reached that peak sweaty and short of breath
only to find another ridge awaiting our assault,
we cried and then we laughed, drank from our canteens
and ate our lunch, and started all over again.
But now, after countless other peaks,
and having reached the last one,
I can only look back at where we have come from.
I still cannot turn and gaze at what rests
on the other side of the mountain
that you and I have worked so hard to climb.
I only drink from my almost empty canteen
as I sit on a boulder and wipe the sweat from my face
and talk with you about my fear of the long hike down.
Afterall, once you’ve reached the top,
down is the only way left to go.
I guess I’m really just afraid
of having to climb another mountain.
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