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TheGreatAbider16  ·  960 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: This Is What It's Like

Phew, I'm crawling back out of the woodwork for this killer prompt. Maybe it's because I've felt disconnected from my local writing community recently and have been doing a lot of rock climbing, but I couldn't help myself.

  This is what it's like to climb into the storm:

  Tilt against the rock, a crucifix 

shod in rubber. Ignore the thunder—

uncertainty is why you came. Open

your mouth when you breathe.

  The rhododendron and pine will be

gone tomorrow; taste them

on the rain today. At the top,

hook the metal back

  to your waist. Leave the wall clean. 

Leave your hands raw. Leave your feet

bare when they return to Earth. The sand

is soft in Muir Valley, and the snakes

  don’t bother with cloudy weather. 

This is what it's like to toss fear,

wet, across the ground where it will

run in rivulets with mud and melting

  clay. Spill it from chest and gut. 

Trade it for laughter. Grin with

bright teeth that know what it's like

to fight gravity.