Tiptoeing up the Mountain
Gasping behind you up the knee turning incline,
cobbled with tufts, paved with cracked mud,
I am in awe of your graceful ascent.
Heels elevated you tiptoe up the hillside,
above you only clear air, sky,
each loose stone raising you toward the peak,
while I toil behind, flatfooted, breathless,
trying to stamp the mountain flat.
Simon Jackson is a Cairo based writer and filmmaker whose films with Billy Bragg and Scottish poets have been used by the BBC and in international Film Festivals, and whose award winning collection, ‘Fragile Cargo’, is published by BeWrite Books.