An Existence of Persistence (a poem) by Devin Dabney

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A passion that fuels

Is one that burns brightly


Words by Devin Dabney. Photos by Angelique Brown. Published in Volume 13 of The Zine, now available. 


The small space

Between boredom and anxiety

Where we form notoriety for lack of sobriety

and zero propriety for standard society


Many try to capture the essence—

To absorb its teachings and emanate its power—

And yet, even those who succeed continue to try.


The raggedness, the ruggedness

Endless resilience against ceaseless toil,

Unstoppable meeting immovable.


An existence where outsiders become insiders,

Where persistence is its own reward

Where there is vindication in failure.

Success is followed by emptiness,

Then a primal desire for a primeval fire


Propelled to repeat the cycle as a compelled

Complete disciple, in pursuit of the climb

Where the moves on a line are the truths that we find

For our youth

For all time.

Photo of the author by Angelique Brown

Devin Dabney is currently a route setter and climbing instructor at Hoosier Heights Indianapolis and is secretly working on becoming the best rapper alive so that he can write for dope magazines like The Climbing Zine. You can find some of his work at You can also witness more of his climbing and rap shenanigans on Instagram account @deuceishiphop.

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About us: The Climbing Zine was started in 2010 by Al Smith III and Luke Mehall. It continues to the day with the mission of representing the true essence of climbing. Our crown jewel is our printed version, but we also do the interweb thing, and Kindle

We have also published five books: Graduating From College MeAmerican ClimberThe Great American Dirtbags , Climbing Out of Bed, and Squeak Goes Climbing In Yosemite National Park (a climbing children’s book) .

Check out our film, Last Thoughts on The Dirtbag, made with Cairns Film. 


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