The Top Out of View

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Sports  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: September 10, 2018

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The Top Out of View

 

Through the years the hill does not change.

The ruts left behind by teams that climbed beyond limits

still weave their strange way to the top out of view.

The hill became personal

in the late preseasons of my early twenties

spent conditioning high school football players

on its bare slopes.

Mornings ended climbing against the clock.

Each of us coaches took his offensive group.

Our angles were violent.

The hill stretched brown dirt into the blue of the sky.

When we thought we were there

one incline always remained.

It sucked our last breath and made dust of the world

--a sightless struggle—

guided by shouts up ahead from those who were near.

One night the team woke at midnight

and climbed in the dark

until we stood at the top looking over a city,

eucalyptus breeze against our face;

silhouettes linked against August stars.

That team is long scattered now.

Some players successes, others adrift.

But the hill stays the same,

climbed on dark midnights again and again.


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