• Melissa Berry

The Cliff Was Steep


A few tears glistened in my eyes

and dirt covered my face

around the goggles and handkerchief

wrapped around my neck,

covering my mouth.

We had been racing

through a Mexican

cactus forest

and up a steep cliff

You asked if I wanted to drive

I hesitated but agreed.

I did want to.


The path was rough and

the next cliff was even more steep

downhill

but I drove skillfully

and you acted like you

weren't impressed

and I thanked you for

trusting me

and you said

I don't trust anybody.


April 25, 2022

Photo: Shot on Pentax k1000 on Kodak Portra Film, March 2022


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