Today's poem is by Marti Noel
Why We Climb Mountains
What we get from this adventure is just sheer
joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life.
The ledge invites and frightens, loose gravel
scratching solid rock beneath your feet,
until the grating soundthe rasp and rattle
is silenced as you step into complete
nothing, carabined between simple faith
and gravity. Will the tether hold?
There is a pull, a tension, in the fray
of scattered thoughts and fear of lost control
pressed against the weightlessness of free fall
on a stretch of braided rope. It takes skill,
and grit, to climb while clinging to sheer wall,
inching upward, pulled by strength and will;
but then, the descent offers you rebirth,
as you coil and push away from Earth.
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