The Climb

Photo courtesy of Raul Tejero on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/pupil_bcn/
Photo courtesy of Raul Tejero on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/pupil_bcn/

Its familiar here in the mire

I feel the cold muck seeping into my shoes

I am glad of the dark, relieved to be blinded

To the cold and slippery walls that encase me


My fingers search out a strong hold

Amongst the sludge

My palm finds something sharp and wicked

I feel the warm blood

Trickle down my wrist

I take a breath and try a different path


I pull myself up, my feet make a sucking sound

As I leave the dank earth of this place

Fingers slip, grasping at my ankles

The slime of their creation leaves them

Impotent

Up the wall I climb, hand over hand

Powered by my sweet, sweet

Lying smile


I can see the promise of moonlight above

I drop my guard and drive

My kneecap into an outcropping

The pain as I analyze it, halts my ascent

A single tear in my right eye

Consciously blinked and dismissed

I focus on the light and let it fuel

My tenacity


Hours or is it days go by before

I feel the healthy grassy rim

I bury my nails into the clean

Gritty dirt

I have made it out once again

I roll to my back

basking in warm rays


You can’t do this to me

Any more

This piece of paper declares

A real smile reaped

Lights my face


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abcd1111 7 years ago from Glen Ellyn, IL (Chicago suburb)

This is beautiful. You took me there in all it's slimy, painful splendor.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Oh, sorry about that. Here's a handi-wipe. :)


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

This is really good. I love reading your writing!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks Lucey, I appreciate the comment.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I absolutely loved this line, Randy:

I bury my nails into the clean

Gritty dirt

Good stuff! Thanks again for a great poem.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Nothin like clean dirt, eh Dohn? Thanks for always coming by and giving me a comment. I appreciate it.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

I think tears and smiles can clean this dirt Randy... I love it so much... Is it a struggle thru salvation? Is it a struggle of a once lost soul that found it's way out?


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

so strong...so pungent. Absolutely wonderful poetry. Thanks for sharing gritty bits of your struggle.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Yep, Shamel I'm out in the sun now mostly. There are days still with lessons in them. The trick is to learn them fast and move through them. Thanks for reading.

Hi Alekhouse! Happy to share with you. I must actually. Its part of my self examination and healing process.


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Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

You go girl.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Going, going...


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Randy, a poem of coming out on the other end--redeemed! This is a powerfully written poem--now bask in the sunlight dearest Randy!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I wish I could say my day in the sun lasted for more than a day, but not the case. Climbing out, over and over makes me strong though.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Hey! Those were my fingers grasping at your ankles! Thanks for the "hand up."

Glad you feel like you're out of the slime and into the sun.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Morning Chris :) Today is a new day. I will try to stay up here in the sun today.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

I came by to say hello and to read this one again--such a wonderful work, Randy--it says so much in this piece. Bravo!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Morning ;) I see our friend posted a hub today. I'll have to go see what she reviewed this time. Catcha later.


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fenzero 7 years ago from Arizona

This is brilliant :) You definitely don't need that handi-wipe though once you figure out how to fly.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for the kind comment fenzero. I don't seem to have master flying so much as crashing as of yet.

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