MORNING THOUGHTS

As I awaken I have fear in my heart. I try to distract myself. I think of fresh green grass wet with the morning dew. I think of waking in the Lake District and the silence before everyone else wakes up. I think of the sun just rising, and the new day ahead. A day in the mountains again. I imagine myself to be young and fit again, and not bound by age, sickness and this body. Which days are the most real? Then, or now? Time is slipping by and soon my time on this earth will be done. My life is limited now, and I hardly feel alive. There is still the fresh green grass wet with the morning dew. There are still mountains waiting to be climbed. But not by me.

Once I was going to climb Everest. It sounded impossible, even as I said it. How…

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