‘Retrospect’ by Danica Smith

Sometimes it is the life
you walk valleys through
rather than climb peaks for
that are better for you;

easier on your lungs,
heavy with the weight
of the altitude and regret.

 

(Oh yes,
the view can bring you
down to your knees
and you can feel pride
in your palms
for having the strength
to scale mountains
despite the blood

but what if
you chose
the flowers?)

 


DANICA SMITH is a writer based in upstate New York and Montreal, where she is studying political science and history at McGill University. She has been writing poetry for several years, as well as fiction.

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