Excess Baggage Fees

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Three liters of water
equals 6.6 pounds
according to Google.

The water bladder named Camelbak
is strapped to my back
at the shoulders in a day pack.

It’s the first weight, other than my own,
that I’ve carried along the hiking trails
that crisscross South Minneapolis.

Don’t believe everything
you read on Internet
my shoulders and legs complain.

Figures appear in my thoughts
as I follow the path that tracks the creek bed.
20 pounds (the fat I need to lose)

+ 40 pounds of gear and provisions
(the weight I ultimately need to carry)
= things are only 1/2 as bad as they are now.


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