one should not feel compelled to climb a mountain
simply because it is there.
We ask, What if mountains are not there?
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.
Part 2: What Price Abs?
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.