No switchbacks—the trail is relentless, angled straight for the sky. I can’t breathe and I can’t stop either.
Even my mind is cloudless today. No present, no past.
When I reach the saddle, my body and the tall grass are washed in a strong and steady wind. Lupine and paintbrush too. Grasshoppers and fence lizards too. Litter and dog shit too. Unconditional as the attention of God.
A kestrel climbs and dives, climbs and dives.
I’ve said it before. I can’t separate the two—the wind as God or God as the wind.