A Ghost Used to Live Here

A poem about a solo hike in west Texas

Amethyst Qu
2 min readJul 25, 2021


A stone path to a ruin I encountered somewhere in Texas / Photo by the Author

hiking alone, as you are never supposed to hike alone, I pause in the heat near the peak to drink deep

my hand sweaty

the bottle slips when I mean to return it my pack

down and down and down