Black Walnut Tree

I feel the rough bark of the black walnut tree dig into my palms,
leaving red dents that turn white, then fade.
I quickly scale the tree.
As I climb, my mind is zeroed in on one goal;
reaching the 5th highest branch,
one more than last time, one less than frightening.
I dare to reach one higher. Suddenly, panicking, the branch
looks higher than before! Next time, I tell myself.
Stopping to catch my breath,
I think of a comforting story.
It is so worn into my mind, I can see the smallest details,
as if it's a movie. So caught up in it,
I barely hear my mom call.
Her words end it all,
but I'll be back tomorrow,
with a new goal.

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