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Me and the Mountain

When I could go no higher, I pressed myself into the land. The summit was in front of me, and as my oxygen-deprived brain squealed against a step further, the final lip of this monstrous mountain rose up before my eyes. It was as tall as my hands could reach, and I collapsed, head to toe, into cold rock. Every inch of me hugged the peak as I edged, slithered, pressed forward and up. My drunk and dizzy brain had told me what to do, and what to do was to hug the land. I felt no strength. Eyes closed. Focus on breathing. Do not sleep. I knew nothing but the pull on my body: deeper into the cold granite, up toward the summit. I swore it was coming from the rock, but now looking back, I know it came from me.

The mountain was my scapegoat. Finally, in releasing responsibility to the rock, I found the summit. With the mountain as my ally, we pulled forward to the highest altitude I would reach. That day. Ever. Upon it I did not stand, did not marvel at the glorious view this peak offered the few travelers that made it so high. I didn’t want to stand above the summit. I wanted to tell the mountain thank you. I wanted to lie, spread eagle, absorbing this rock that once had pushed up out of the earth the same way I had today, and this moment when I knew where I stood.


jadefrank's picture


Hi Carina,

It was a joy to read your story of Land. I felt as though I were scaling that mountain with you all the way. And I love the image of lying spread eagle on the mountain top, "absorbing this rock that once had pushed up out of the earth the same way I had today." Thank you for sharing!

Warm regards,

Maria Howe's picture

An alliance

Thank you for sharing those vivid details. What an amazing experience to have had. I love the thought of the mountain acting as your ally. Together you were able to reach such heights!

Fatima Waziri's picture

Don't we all love the

Don't we all love the experience of being able to get the the peak? alas! an amazing journey! Thank you for sharing your experience of life.


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