attest to bridges crossed battling dragons,
to threatening rivers entered
that pushed at knees, sucked at ankles.
To deep mountaintop scree, ragged, sharp and steep where
meant death and dismemberment.
We were there,
Yours lay upon your body
equally, they shape us.
Scars pulse out of step with the rest.
Each must be attended to,
for what they give,
for what they gave up.