Poems and Poetry

Four Feet Walking Up | A Poem by Gareth Culshaw

We went a couple of times.
Taking our weight up loose scree.
Our lives had spread and circled
so we brought our tongues together

for another crack. The heaviness
was in your back. I watched you bend
like a golf flag pole in low wind.
You carried so much I never thought

we would reach the top. Both of us
are two of the same breed.
But the walk down is where we differ.
I pick up speed and reach new heights,
you seem to slow, and bring the mountain

with you, as if you’re scared to feel weightless.

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