Love Letter To Climbing by Sara Aranda

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Every once and a while I bust out my typewriters for a writing contest. This year at the International Climbers Fest in Lander, Wyoming we held a “love letter to climbing” contest. Sara Aranda was this year’s winner, and it was her first time ever using a typewriter! Here’s her poem, in original format and typed out on the computer. -Luke

You make me tremble

Deeper than bones

You make me claw

Furious in ways

Never good enough

Never found

You spill, into me

Darkly wet with the low

Shudders of stones

Against flesh stones


I am always naked

To you, my denial is cracked

This forever lust

This absurd passage of my body

Over you, over, under, beneath


I am weak for you

Fingertips and toes

I am bones and you are bones

You bloom in me, fiercely

Until I am reduced to your silence

And I tremble there

Scattered notes of love

Of hate and fear and disgust

And I breathe you in

Never enough, never found

I spill, I spill

For more, always more.

Sara Aranda somehow took a liking to writing at a young age, composing terrible stories about mermaids, love in the Wild West, and portals to alternate happy-land dimensions. She eventually pursued a degree in creative writing, with an emphasis in poetry, at the University of California Riverside, which is also where she discovered trail running, climbing, and ultimately the great wild world of everything outdoors. She also really likes peanut M&M’S and baby sloths. You can read about other adventures and musings at

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