29 December 2009

staying vertical

Sending this magical piece onward since it is too precious to hold
from the magical and wickedly talented Maya Stein via the magical Jen Lemen.

how to climb a mountain
by Maya Stein

Make no mistake. This will be an exercise in staying vertical.
Yes, there will be a view, later, a wide swath of open sky,
but in the meantime: tree and stone. If you’re lucky, a hawk will coast overhead, scanning the forest floor. If you’re lucky, a set of wildflowers will keep you cheerful. Mostly, though, a steady sweat, your heart fluttering indelicately, a solid ache perforating your calves. This is called work, what you will come to know, eventually and simply, as movement, as all the evidence you need to make your way. Forget where you were. That story is no longer true. Level your gaze to the trail you’re on, and even the dark won’t stop you.

Tomorrow morning, 8:30, day 3 bloodwork and US down in Boston. And just like that, the next chapter begins.


Mad Hatter said...

I'll be thinking of you and wishing you stellar day 3 bloodwork and US.

IF Optimist, then... said...

I bowed my head in quiet thought that you have a safe trip to Boston and also that you get some encouraging news.

Nic said...

I really hope your trip to Boston goes well. A new year, a new chance, a new everything. I really hope this brings you the dream you deserve.
Safe trip x

Future Mum said...

Sending you on your journey with love and anticipation - may all the fates align to make 2010 your dream year xxx

sprogblogger said...

Ah, you brave woman, you! Hoping for clear roads and doctors you are comfortable working with, and a few happy chapters to make up for the last few lousy ones. So glad you're on your way again.

robin said...

I've been learning from you and take that on my journey. I love this piece. All the best tomorrow and with your next chapter! & thank you.

B. said...

It's a perfect day for a drive into Boston- remarkably little traffic and brilliant (albeit frigid) skies. I hope you find a cohort of compassionate and effective doctors to work with... and that the b/w and u/s reveal perfection. I have everything crossed for you!

Keep warm!

Kate said...

Good luck today in Boston (if it's today, and not tomorrow?) - hope your results look good, and that the trip's not too bad.

Jules a.k.a. Julie said...

Yay for your appointment! Sending lots of positive thoughts!