by Gwendolyn Brooks
(2) Sea Level
Once you get the historical background for the kitchenette buildings, you'll be pretty well equipped to tackle these simple, but masterful, thirteen lines from Brooks. She tells it like it is in this powerful poem that deals with struggling through the difficulties of everyday life and daring (or not) to dream. Pack your sunglasses and a snack. This will be a rewarding hike without all that pesky sweating and staining.