Crag rats with calluses tune a bohemian craft
up slabs, overhangs and roofs
across boulders, mantels and mindfulness.
Watch out for gashes, split tips or flappers
watch out for ego, Ego, EGO
watch out for sewing machine leg
—-(Elvis quake and tremble)
—-the detrimental whipper.
shift your balance,
turn a straight down,
pull into an under cling
get creative get dynamic
do the syncopated dance
the rock and teacher funky move
smooth grooving flowing mood
cranking on and on
past the snag
toward the crux
hold on by grips crimps cobbles and knobs
kick your heels
foot with friction
speak the speak:
hang by a rope and a dream
the belayer has you by the grigri.
Source: “Sport Climbing” by John Long – Publisher: Falcon; 3rd edition (January 1, 1997)
Christina Burress lives in San Diego. She is a California Poet in The School and founder of The Del Mar Writing Project. Most recently, her work has appeared in the San Diego Poetry Annual.