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Crystal Lee. Blog

Up The Mountain

I’ve checked out

Jumped off the bandwagon

Hopped off the train

I watch it zoom past me 

Where did the time go?

I stand in front of the railway lines, luggage in both hands

I’ve decided that I’m going to walk

It can be lonely, I’ve heard from the other walkers

But being on the ground means you can collect pebbles and daisies en route

I do appreciate the fresh air

And I’ve got my trainers on now

They’re new and built exactly for my feet

My muscles are stronger than they used to be

They’re trained for the long distance

My calves accustomed to the burn

My back used to the strain

The train was overcrowded and noisy

The music bland and too modern

Overhead, there hung the big old clock

Screens with all the destinations marked

Time. Appointments. Seconds. Demands.

I do not turn back and look at the train

Perhaps a few weeks ago I would have

I would have longed to be back on the ride

To be seen by the other passengers

To share the same goals, desires, beliefs, values

Birds of a feather

But not now, not anymore

I’ve got everything I could need in my stuffed suitcases

The passengers think it strange

Why wouldn’t you want to hop back on and take the scenic route?

We’re all heading in the same direction anyway

Why not make it a little more fun?

But only those that have been up the mountain know the value of hiking

There are things I must do

I’ve got rivers to swim in and storms to brave

I have other walkers to meet along the way

To share snacks with and stories of the road

Besides, my body is stronger now

My mind like cast iron

I face the valley before me

I’ve got my trainers on now

I’m built for the long distance.

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