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Heroic ascent


“No, you’re not doing it right,” she chides

striking a pose to demonstrate

how a dog—or is it a cat or rabbit?

would stand here on this game trail

we’ve followed into the thicket

along the river.


“Hold on a sec, bub,” I call now

as she runs ahead, almost out of sight

talking aloud to the dog, the cat and rabbit

while I stoop to capture an image

of the moment.


“Take my hand,” she commands

when I catch up and she steps up

to balance atop a magical beast

disguised as a log.


Then she leaps, runs and stumbles

pausing just long enough

to laugh aloud.


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Taken on December 25, 2010