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Author Name: FreeFLETCH 2 Comments
Date Added: September 23, 2015 22:09:03 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Type: Rhyming
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MT. EVEREST
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO CLIMB A ROCK AT 29,000 FEET
 
ICE SO THICK AND AIR SO THIN YOU FIND IT HARD TO BREATH
 
TAKE YOUR BOTTLED OXYGEN THE COMFORT WILL NOT LAST
 
GET THAT STRANGE SENCE OF CALM SOON YOU ARE SUCKING GAS
 
 TAKE ONE STEP YOU HAVE TO PAUSE STRUGGLE FOR A BREATH
 
UNTIED ROPE ONE WRONG TURN YOU'RE FALLING TO YOUR DEATH
 
7,000 FEET OF SKY SURROUNDING EITHER SIDE
 
BE AWARE ANY BUNGLED STEP YOU ARE PAYING WITH YOUR LIFE
 
AS YOU NEAR THE SUMMIT ICY WINDS ARE GOING TO FLOW
 
TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO PLUMMET IN EXCESS OF 70 DEGREES BELOW
 
VISIBILITY IS LIMITED IN A CLOUD THERE IS NONE AT ALL
 
GRAB YOUR ROPE HANG ON TIGHT OR YOU'RE GOING TO FALL
 
YOUR ATTENTION HAS DISMINISHED YOUR MEMORY IS WEAK
 
MENTAL FATIGUE IS GREATER THAT THE BODILY
 
YOU REACH THE TOP OF EVEREST YOUR APREHENTION WILL BE SPENT
 
ON THE PATH THAT LAY AHEAD THE DANGEROUS DECENT
 
WHILE YOU'RE ON THE SUMMIT GET A GOOD LOOK AROUND
 
JUST REMEMBER WHAT GOES UP HAS TO COME BACK DOWN
Author's Notes:
BASED ON THE BEST SELLING NON-FICTION BOOK "INTO THIN AIR" BY JON KRAKAUER
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Comment By: Freecolin skilton on September 24, 2015 06:22:22 PM Report

Hi Fletch

a nice write and captures the essence of Jon's book.

My younger brother climbed Everest some years ago and got to first main base

but the atmosphere gave him problems and so he had to turn back.

but his lasting image of the mountain apart from its beauty was the amount of

rubbish climbers have left behind which is very sad, but the beauty made up for everything

and the views were amazing.


Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on September 24, 2015 10:22:28 AM Report

wow!  I feel that chill come off of your poem.  It was intense...a grueling climb!  But yeah, as we know from hiking mountain trails...the descent is even more difficult.  You captured that feeling.

I know I will never climb Everest but you took us there...in a very visual way!





 


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