Climbing ~ Literary Guild … thanks D. Dorworth

Tom_Frost_-_Robbins_ventures_up_-_1961.jpgTom Frost, Royal Robbins & Chuck Pratt first ascent of the Salathe   ~ 1961

Tom Frost photo credit

“climbing”

A Poem by Lucille Clifton


June 26, 2020

a woman precedes me up the long rope,
her dangling braids the color of rain.
maybe I should have had braids.
maybe I should have kept the body I started,
slim and possible as a boy’s bone.
maybe I should have wanted less.
maybe I should have ignored the bowl in me
burning to be filled.
maybe I should have wanted less.
the woman passes the notch in the rope
marked Sixty.    i rise toward it, struggling
hand over hungry hand.

 

 

 

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