Scaling peaks, I sometimes fall
sliding sands slow the climb
Fumbling feet, legs a-quiver
choking dust, left and right
Spirits, bodies, disappear
into chasms rent through time.
Crawling forth now, hands and knees
the summit fills my sight
Striking through the mists and trees
gold, cerise, rose and lime!
Haul this carcass o’er the crest
and into bright sunlight.
Standing on that mountain top
heaving chest, clothed in grime
Abandoning past intent
alarmed at this new plight
Rainbow mountains everywhere
surrounding fields of thyme!
And far off in the distance, the crystal city’s spires
Glint and tease and beckon, a wind chime of desires.
For seven years I journeyed
through vales of clementine
Trekking alps of breathing hell
exhaustion by my side
Pray! this soul would live to reach
that city so divine.
Our sun had reached it’s zenith
so hope picked up a ride
Alas! laid out before me
tho’ city’s heights doth shine
A river flows, so deep and pure
to bar my path inside.
Amber-walled with gates of quartz
no vision could refine
Beneath the streams, the jaws of
alligators yawn wide
Oh! onyx kerbs, citrine streets
these eyes brim full with brine.
Sparkling eyes like peridot, behind you see the fires
Smiles, it seems, with reptile minds, this gut to fear inspires
Battling through the centuries
losing all the while
Bleeding hearts and artists know
they aren’t the battling type
But oh! that city beckons
It’s light just makes me 🙂
Could I find a way across?
my theories are cold tripe
Eventually I’d learn ways
to keep them quite docile
‘Gator guards are living too
I won’t believe the hype
I take a stick, throw it far
“These methods I revile!
I’m worn, I’m weak, can hardly speak
Our history I wipe.”
She’s ending feuds despite her will
“Let’s take a different style”
I can’t speak of everything compassion’s gift requires
Smiling back at alligators, brought my heart’s desires.