Hiking while Blind

Hiking in Colorado
Almost limitless

I fall more than others.

Tiny rocks crumble beneath
Betraying what looked
Like a smooth surface to me
Safe sailing, no
Leaving me sprawled out
Dusty and down while
Older children stop and
Glance nervously about.

“Place your feet where
You’re certain it’s stable.”

“Step lightly to be sure.”

“Then put more weight once you know
That’s a good place to be.”

Breathing tissue thin air while
Scaling tilted rock walls
Up and up
Appear to pose little difficulty
Beyond normal difficulty.

Good stepping
Even with less incline
Especially decline
Is harder.


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