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Together we may do it

An abandoned quarry. High-walled stone pit.

At the bottom strolling through newfound friendship.

Looking up, a bold climber's dream. "Let's do it! We can climb it." Overreachingly confident--young.

One led the way. Not too difficult really. Foolish?

The next followed. Shorter, smaller, smiling--at first. 

One scrambled gaining the top edge, turned about.

The other grimaced. So close.

Gasping, "Can't do it. Can't make it!" 

It couldn't end this way; this fresh togetherness so auspicious.

Be calm. "Sure you can. Almost. You got it!"

Arm stretched downward in entreaty, eyes tearing. 

Struggling, strengthening, trying, reaching out.

Grasping the hand. Up!


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