The trailhead plaque
warned of mountain lions
A crow perched upon
the top of the plaque
cast dark shadows on the letters.
The presence of no one else
uninstalled the word intrepid
from my self-description.
I wondered if it was a good day to die.
I wondered if it was a good day
to catch a movie matinee instead.
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