by Nathan Fako

we hiked up from the city
an effort to inhale clean air
and feel adventure
in our lungs

the hills kept rolling
but eventually our feet
stopped stepping
and we faced the valley

up here it's quiet
I didn't want to go back down
but the sun was
so we did too

all, the smog engulfs
smells like a choking sphere
but I know you're down here

so I breathe deep