I hiked to 8,000 feet above the level of the sea
only to confirm my reputation of being a freak,
for at a summit with world-famous views,
I am the only one mesmerized stooped,
having spotted the little bloom…
I feel the familiar flutter in my soul.
My heart flies home.
More minuscule than ever,
the wildflower reminds me
of the mountains I have moved
to get here, to these
And I remain committed and proud
to be the freak they deem me as,
the one with eyes turned
in the other direction
still following maps
to the treasure
that I am.