Raised by government

And domestic tragedy

[Kayak] Bill climbed up and out

Past mountains of resistance

Seeking and laying a path

Ascending through recognition

Of his own unique route.


Shying from the fame

Of notable rockface climbers

He launched

Paddle in hand

Provisioned for time enough

To learn

The truth and splendor

Of personal independence

Entwining himself to earth and sea.


His perspective

Ethereal and grounded

Recognized and envied

By those who wish

But can not follow

He lived

Where heaven and earth collide

Becoming once

Again and gone.                    March 31, 2021