In response to Julia Skinner’s 100 Word Challenge found here:
If you haven’t tried it, you should!
Key words…this time next year…
Jagged cliffs loom dangerously behind him,
as he drifts silently along the still, black waters,
his lamp, glowing,
casting darkened shadows on the brim of his straw hat,
silhouettes dancing against his weathered face,
below which a rough beard hides regret and sorrow.
Perhaps this time next year,
he’ll make it to the top before the ice sets in,
and will find the secret valleys that lie on the other side,
the place, the elders say, that will reveal his true destiny.
I will set off earlier…
I will get to the summit…
I will try again,