Landscape of a Woman and a Hummingbird

March 4th, 2014 by admin

Landscape of a Woman and a Hummingbird Joseph Milosch New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website

Climbing Modjeska Peak

It is the same, climbing a mountain or a high-tension power pole. The world becomes smaller as I climb, fixing my eyes on fractures and fissures no thicker than a quarter inch. Creeping up, I follow a trail of finger-holds as I scale rock faces, not metal struts. The world is above, below, and around me, but I can’t see more than a foot in front of me. Pausing on a ledge, I repeat a cliché about the view. At the top, the world expands into a giant circle. Standing in the center, I stretch my arms and become a cross visible from the coast; continuing to lift my arms, I form a Y. Spinning once around, I find the world stands still, and that the earth shrinks to the size of a pedestal to keep me from falling into space.

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