Path through fynbos

Pz-avatarby RB Campbell26 Dec 2016

It is necessary
to step carefully:
the rocks on the path are angular
and deceptive.

Some are set
firm in the grey sand,
amongst pebbles,
their little fractal relatives.

Others,
vagrant, seem just arrived yesterday,
and roll
readily
underfoot.

So, this is the problem:

do you walk with bowed head,
gaze and step tracking the path's sandstone tessellations,
just yielding
for a heliotrope starburst everlasting,
creamy origami skirts
spread luxuriously
heavenward?

Or, do you dare
lift your eyes
past the head-high proteas,
and stare

at coarse-pelted grey-green boulder-sprinkled slopes
rising
to
breaking waves of shattered stone,
piled
in
pillars,
crumpled in cruel cross-sections across the sky,

and
risk a
twisted
ankle?

26/12/2016