Travelers Welcome

Travelers Welcome

Sunday, April 21, 2013


by Richard Hartwell

Leapfrogging breakwater gravestones,
embracing air from boulder to boulder,
almost never missing, still tempting fate.

Out to the end of the Newport jetty,
tagging a steel pillar set in concrete,
navigation light dimmed in the fog.

Returning back block to block,
a gurney of granite if misstepped,
first leaping then looking to land.

Not a race, a challenge of agility,
missed only once, proved by a
fifteen-inch white badge of courage.

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