Author | Brandon Marlon

Atop hibernal peaks within easy reach
of the cyanic sky the air
becomes a tonic and breathing

Promise me that next time together
we will clamber scree or moraine
and scale the heights despite inevitable
fright till we overlook those precipices
rendering turgid concerns
of subordinate importance.

It would be worth braving the sleet,
I swear, the vistas, that air;
surely we would pay no mind
to thunderclap and cloudburst,
the background soundtrack
to rejuvenation; rest assured,
where summits amplify spirits
and restore forgotten vigor,
altitude begets gratitude.

So what do you say?
I'll await you along the piedmont;
leave behind the world if only for a time
to sample a foretaste of eternity
among towering pinnacles, amid panoramic horizons.

About the Author | Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and has been published in 125+ publications in Canada, U.S.A., England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Romania, Israel, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Trinidad, & Mexico. www.brandonmarlon.com