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A Principled, Foundational Climb 

Although my knees are shot,
they’re still drawn to this staircase
aching to ascend.
The steps are not the view, that’s true,
but nothing gets me there like they do:
one at a time, well placed,
a little effort each foot up,
plus the magic-marvel of walking
higher into a space
otherwise completely closed to me
but for this structure built
long before my making.
Back and forth stairs and legs
call and respond in harmony,
both attuned to ascension;
and although my knees are shot
achingly they step and step
and are stepped up
towards a full-on, flow-out, fear-free
panorama
where all is seen for miles around
so beautifully together.