Climbing to the Top

Climbing to the Top

The untalented writer writes
like a climber:

he climbs the mountain
with old defective gear

makes it to the top
with scratches and strains

looks out into the haze.
sees nothing. Leaves for
leaves to be found, profoundly

takes leave in an arduous trek
down the mountain
in snow and rain

down
past dead doves, who
like feathered ice
have fallen in snow banks
in frozen flighty fright

and so it is written,
let it be undone.