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My Power

There is power in my boots

My feet leave a trail for others to follow

But will they care for this place

as I have tried to?


I have walked where others have been

and I have seen how they left it

Their boots leave a trail

that all can follow


I have climbed with the help of the mountain

It shows me trails up

with rocks for my hands and feet

But do mountains want to be climbed?


I have seen land on which none have trodden

It is beauty unparalleled

If I choose to tread

and leave marks with my boots

will I be able to forgive myself?


When I take and take

and leave permanent scars

just to see beauty

is it still beautiful?


I am unnatural

I cause destruction

I am an abomination

I am painfully aware

of how human I am