The Climb

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        The old hunter slowly made his way up the rocky mountain side. He used his 30-30 more as a cane than a gun. It was a beautiful winter day with a cool brisk wind blowing up the hollow. He wrapped his coat tightly around his shoulders as he stopped to rest.

        George enjoyed hunting for the past forty years. As he unwrapped a Hershey bar, he thought about his younger days and the thrill of getting his first deer on opening day. Now the thrill was just being able to make it to the high top. The view there was spectacular.

        At the top of the ridge, he found trees bent from the wind. The clouds were different today. George wasn’t sure, “But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth of the sky” Distant snow clouds worried him.

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Merril introduced our prosery prompt clouds. In prosery we are given a line from a poem of her choosing and it must be incorporated into a prose piece as given. The line she gave us was: “But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth of the sky” from Clouds – by Constance Urdang

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82 thoughts on “The Climb

  1. I’m with the others in wanting to know more–especially given the ending. Nicely done, Dwight! I like the little details, too–like the Hershey bar–(but not so much the hunting). 😏


  2. Well done, Dwight! I love the photo and the story. It reminds of my late stepfather, who was an avid hunter in his younger, healthier days. Sadly, he developed rheumatoid arthritis and eventually had to be satisfied listening to his sons’ hunting stories.

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