Balconies Belay, by Robert Walton

Balconies Belay
by Robert Walton

Blossoms leap
Up sunlight cascades
Like salmon returning home
To Machete’s cliffs
As swallows swoop
Past our nest of ropes.
A falcon cries trespass
From the summit spire –
And we do,
And we’ll leave,
Though it seems a shame
To climb away
From this blossom-drenched ledge.

Robert Walton retired from teaching after thirty-six years of service at San Lorenzo Middle School. Walton’s novel, Dawn Drums, won the 2014 New Mexico Book Awards Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction. “Sockdologizer”, his dramatization of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, won the Saturday Writers 2020 Everything Children contest. His Joaquin’s Gold, offering legends and stories about famed old West bandit Joaquin Murrieta, was published in January. Most recently, his “Mansa Musa’s Wisdom” was published in Cricket Media’s February, 2022 issue of Spider magazine .

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