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My Flow – 2

“The fascinating quality of all sorts of wilderness and backcountry travel lies in the reduction of life to its essentials: food, shelter, beauty; the confrontation with forces and circumstances which are at once comprehensible, mysterious, and so powerful that they will not be denied.”
Raymond Bridge

“It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy”
Horace Kephart

 “When you walk, you know the distance you’ve covered in your tired bones, and it’s impossible to go so far that you lose the thread of continuity between “there” and “here.”
Kelly Winters

‘I think,’ said Christopher Robin, ‘that we ought to eat all our Provisions now, so we shan’t have so much to carry.’
A.A. Milne

 

After the Pass

The lazy, easy form sprawled in duff
propped on pack in Jeffery-needle shade
damp, musty hat tipped over eyes.
The morning’s sweat streaks cheeks, rims nostrils;
spiky, salty scent of sun-baked rocks.

The press of boot on arch and heel,
the slip of sole on root and stone,
the weight of food and bed and fuel,
the rhythmic scrape on hip and back,
the webbing’s shoulder strain forgotten
in the buckle’s opening click and muscle’s grateful ease.

No thought for miles behind,
no fret for miles ahead;
just sighed release
and buzz, and breeze,
and dusty shafts of light.

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