Archive for November, 2013

First Solo Skate, 11/16/13

Posted in Alpine Skating on November 18, 2013 by moosetracksca

I crouch.

Gingerly balanced on steel blades,

Poised to leap, arms rigid at my sides,

Teeth clench as I listen and feel,

Waiting for the ice to crack.

I whimper.

Tentative steps away from shore,

Blades never losing contact.

Each puff of breeze throws me.

Mountains stare down in silence.

I glide.

Patterns beneath my feet swirl.

Ripples shining in the last sun.

Reflections of broken rock in an infinity pool.

Gusts sweep the shavings into long feathers.

All is quiet, save for the wind

And the grumbling roar of the shifting lake.

It doesn’t mind me.

I tuck into the far wall, waiting with mischievous eyes.

The air builds on the ridgelines,

Dives in a rush.

Pushing off my toes, strong legs drive.

Laughter bounces around the cirque.

The wind and I in a desperate race to the opposite shore.

My arms raise.

I fly.