Thoughts From A Ledge
by Chris de Serres
I breathe. I get bored. I wonder when my next chance will be to pee. I look up until my neck hurts too much. I turn around and look at the beautiful view. I eat snacks. I sip from Camelback until I remember I have to pee. I see my leader is getting close to a hard move, then I yell, “YOU GOT THIS!” I remember that I could be at work right now. I wonder how I could live here and climb all the time. I wonder if my daughter will be sitting on this cliff one day, looking out. I take off my shoes and rub my arthritic toes. I realize I won’t be able to do this forever. I appreciate. A sliver of sunlight breaks through the cloud cover. I turn skyward and close my eyes for a second, for a lifetime.