Breathless . . . Heaving . . . Sputtering . . . Many more steps to go. Hardened feet. No longer are my steps maligned by stabs of blood. Condemnation . . . Damnation . . . Corruption . . . My seasoned back launches into my perennial burden. And another step I take. Into an inevitable future of drudgery. Hope . . . Exoneration . . . Absolution . . . Have long been forgotten. Their burnt ashes adorn my forehead. My shoulder screams ahead, into the weight it upholds. Rumble . . . Rumble . . . Rumble . . . Each step like the millions before it, thrusts the stone another foot towards the jagged peak that towers impressively up ahead. Dum Da De . . . Dum Da Doo . . . Dum De Da Dum . . . And the day goes on. Dum Da De . . . Dum Da Doo . . . Dum De Da Dum . . . And the night lives long. Breathless . . . Heaving . . . Sputtering . . . My war-torn muscles relax. And the stone sits. Stares at the valley below. Lightning . . . Rain . . . Thunder . . . The wind caresses and cajoles, And the stone rolls down below, echoing Thor’s exclamations And my heart leaps with joy. After all, there will be another day. And my feet have hardened anyway. Ha Ha . . . Ha Ha . . . Ha Ha . . .