The Challenge

this morning

sun plays cold

between arthritic grasses

and my feet

the first time I brought my father to this place

he challenged me

said “if I lived here I would walk
this entire hill”

I who had already walked it sunrise to sunset

with two different dogs

seen red-tail hawks

stretch their wings

from hilltop to mountain

I didn’t tell him

the last time we were here

we walked the first one hundred steps

of his challenge together

~ Bob Stallworthy

Bob Stallworthy has been writing poetry, nonfiction and been active in the writing community in Alberta for 27 years. He has four books of poetry and one non-fiction e-book published. His work has been short-listed for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize twice and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry once.

Both poems first appeared in Things that Matter Now, Frontenac House, 2009.

Bob is currently co-editor of and the RE:ACT Calgary Project, as well as an ambassador for the RE:ACT Collective.

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