Evening Hike

the water flows
and the rock bed
is right there
slate or burnt umber
I try to unfocus
my eyes
to let my brain
deal with the motion
why is it suddenly
difficult to maintain
balance?
the steps are simple
across the stream
I hesitate
I’ll be fine
but the motion is
steady, continuous,
and yet wild
somehow upsetting
expectations
I didn’t know I held