Turn your back to the mountain

“Turn your back to the mountain,”
He said
Dropped the tailgate and hopped up
Beer in hand
Mumbling something I will not understand

“It’s not like that, ya see,”
He said
Took a long draw on the brew
Looked at me
His face turned serious real fast

“It drained the life outta me,”
I knew
I contemplated the dark
Broke eye contact
Sighed, turned and walked back to the mountain.