MOUNT EVEREST-Altitude With Attitude

a poem by William Willis, Scotland

EVEREST-Altitude With Attitude

Speculative Winter sun,in a mortuary of blue.
Everest conquered only,by the very chosen few.
Snarling pit-bull winds with oxygen levels low.
Bar-headed geese watch the climbers down below.

Glittering diamond summit,was only a day away.
Genetic characteristics,now coming to the fray.
Evaluating patience and a knack for fearing fear.
Drive ice-screw into crevice with the summit drawing near.

Months of seasoned snowfall,lying dormant up above.
Groaning of the granite,sliding like a velvet glove.
Snow now starts to shift,on the angled valley floor.
The sound every climber fears,a deathly thunderous roar.

Abduction by seduction,shrouded in a silver cloak.
Blinded by the whiteness,mountain gives them enough rope.
Swimming in the thunder and engulfed in nature's wrath.
Tumbleweed of terror now a silent aftermath.

Rejected by the mountain as they tumbled to their graves.
This altitude has attitude,no fortune for the brave.
Bar-headed geese fly...in the valley of the dead.
As hours go by the snow there,has turned a crimson red.

Note
Bar-headed geese can fly higher than Mount Everest making them the world's highest flying birds.
They reach extreme heights when they migrate over the Himalayas.
To be able to do this, the species is physiologically and biochemically adapted to flying at altitudes where oxygen levels and temperatures are both extremely low.

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