Midhope Moors by Langsett Reservoir, South Yorkshire, England



             Atop again—
             Facing West—
             cuddled by the evening breeze.
             the heart-stopping Pennine extent.
             The sun through high, thin, opalescent clouds,
             setting in a finally familiar sky.
             No thoughts, no more struggle.
             No sound,
             save that of the air in and out of the nostrils
             and the barely audible roar
             of a tractor up the slope a mile away.
             One more minute
             breathing in deeply,
             then some buried childhood prayer
             dug out prior to running back.



               First published in San Pedro River Review (USA)