Climbing Trees

April 30, 2016

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Up, up

Paddle with hands
Pass the scratchy bark skin
to see from the top
the whole world

Always falling
in the back of your mind
so you don’t have to
for real

Pause and breathe
count the steps
and look all ’round
greedy, impatient

Then
Up, up

A spider climbing
to pop out at the top
and see
the whole world

The trail back home
the hills and wheat
all the things
you’ve already seen

Oh well. It was fun.


Dedicated to my Bunky Monkey who climbs better than the best.

I love you, Bunk. Happy Birthday.

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