Beneath Rushing Falls

I watched you walk beneath the rushing falls

back and forth along the granite ledge

feeling the weight of the river cascade upon you

with your back to the mountain

and your mind at the summit up among the clouds

Even as I climbed it seemed the cliff grew taller

carrying you to new heights and danger of falling

but I went on, up the unending rock face

as days passed me by, the seasons lived and died

and you spared no thought for your kingdom below

or the soul that scaled its great walls

Here I am still climbing

though I lost sight of you long ago

calling out always to the wind and rain

begging them to wear away the summit

and carry you down the broken slope

to pull me from the ledge before my arms give way


What’s on your bucket list? I want to see an orca in the wild. I lived nearly my entire life in Washington on the Salish Sea and yet have never seen one in person… I also want to see a blue whale, but that may be a bit more difficult.


Photo by Emre Can from Pexels

16 responses to “Beneath Rushing Falls”

  1. Beautiful piece.
    As for the orcas… they happen to be my very favorite animal. I have seen them three times and it was amazing each time. Once when I lived in Douglas, Alaska. The house was right on the beach and I had this β€˜feeling’ and looked up and there they were yards from the front window. Then twice more, both times in Homer, Alaska down at the end of the Homer Spit, again just feet off the shore. It just makes me want to see more. πŸ’•

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  2. Orcas are beautiful πŸ™‚ My bucket list is mostly travelling to different places in Canada. I want to meet at least a couple of relatives from my bio dad’s side in Quebec. And I also want to see Niagara Falls. There’s just no feeling that can beat that of the freedom felt on the open road with the windows down singing to your favorite songs πŸ˜€

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