Steeped unconsciousness

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trefology

one should not feel compelled to climb a mountain

simply because it is there.

We ask, What if mountains are not there?

Certainly,

this would not be the first illusion

I’ve encountered that got me winded.

Maybe these so-called ‘mountains’

are really just phantasms created

by our unconsciousness,

that climbers sometimes

fall off of.

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Part 2: What Price Abs?

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In my family we have a story,

how, after my birth,

my father climbed Raymond Mountain,

and upon reaching the top

lifted my newly born self

high into the sky,

and in a strong, proud voice, said, “One!”

Then he lowered me back down,

but then quickly lifted me back up again.

“Two!” Said my father.

No regrets

Lo!

Just mere seconds after my birth

the doctor, who was lifting me up to show

to my elated mother,

suddenly stumbled

and I slipped out of his hands

It all happened very fast,

but at the last possible second,

the attending doula

 — caught me —

Time stopped.

My whole life passed before my eyes.

But I remember thinking,

if I had to do it all over again

I wouldn’t change thing