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Literary Mortuary

Literary Mortuary

A Poem by barleygirl
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inspired by Jacob's "the almost poems"

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Lapideous Lapin and a Lyrical Lop
hop to the uppermost mountaintop
cocoa puffs drop a poopy plop-plop
belaying buddies bound to bellyflop.

Ridgeback Reporter and Rangy Rapper
toss their collaboration in the crapper
carabineers fail to deliver a snapper
glossy glacial goggles look so dapper.

Porcine Poet and a Testy Troubadour
wrestle their sonnet as if up against war
humpback baggage bogs each stevedore
verses sprouting and swaddled by hoar.

Avian Author and an Armadillo Artist
so sure their summit bid is the smartest
after a weeklong crampon harvest
they stumble on a frozen-stiff carcass.

As all eight climbers strive for a summit
sub-zero dissonance blasts a big buffet
heap of pastiche spots a poetic plummet
through carcass slogs the literary slum it.

The howling wind quiets down for a bit
as the wayward writers vow to recommit
appalled by icy pockets of dead-word s**t
tweaked trekkers can’t spot the summit.

 

Link to Jacob’s poem:

https://www.writerscafe.org/writing/erin-cilberto/2761244/

© 2021 barleygirl


Author's Note

barleygirl
Reading Jacob's poem, I visualized how the top of Mt. Everest is littered with dead bodies -- climbers who didn't summit & nobody has the bandwidth to carry bodies down, so year by year, the ones who summit must walk by more & more frozen bodies, uncovered by the brutal jetstream at the top of the world.

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No dead words here Margie. I'm grateful for your note for explanation although your refs to climbing bits and bobs was a good clue. I've climbed over a 17000 foot pass not far from everest. No bodies but a memorable experience. Also climbed the Matterhorn which has a high death count but at least the bodies are removed. The good news is that Trump is dumped.
Happy New presidency!
All the best.
Alan

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

I'm impressed with your Himalayan conquest! I'm impressed with ALL your conquests! But most of all, .. read more



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haha even in death we litter ourselves pitted against nature only to lose. I suppose it serves as a reminder!.

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Thank you for stopping by for a stroll thru graveyard of almost poems! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
You can't fool me, Dave Brown. I'd know you anywhere.

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Based on the enormous volume of DB's cafe anthologies, it's inevitable that I've become infected by .. read more
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Now that I think about it, reading all his junk might be a bit like Trumpian brainwashing . . . so m.. read more
You have violated the first and foremost rule of writing. Never start a poem with the word Lapideous. Definitely a mountain of words. As in mountain climbing so it is in writing. Ours is not to question why ours is but to do or die. Very thoughtful!

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Your initial "Lapideous" remark is hilarious! I googled it as I wrote this poem, but I've already fo.. read more
No dead words here Margie. I'm grateful for your note for explanation although your refs to climbing bits and bobs was a good clue. I've climbed over a 17000 foot pass not far from everest. No bodies but a memorable experience. Also climbed the Matterhorn which has a high death count but at least the bodies are removed. The good news is that Trump is dumped.
Happy New presidency!
All the best.
Alan

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Month Ago

I'm impressed with your Himalayan conquest! I'm impressed with ALL your conquests! But most of all, .. read more


I knew there were several up there .. and you paint a macabre picture of their snowy final resting place .. made me shiver like billy oh' .......... (STIFF) little fingers & everything else, warmly .. Neville

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

It's possible I've read too many mountaineering books & so I'm callous to the carnage! Or maybe it w.. read more
Neville

1 Month Ago


........................... (GRIM) period x
Gruesome, and none will be able to enjoy this poetic remembrance
I once did a bit of a climb and found coming down was worse than going up, being nearly usable to walk for over a week afterwards

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Ya mean my poem don't give ya the warm fuzzies? Gee whiz! Wonder where I went awry? *wink! wink!* fo.. read more
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

By the way, your description of hobbling hills sounds exactly like me trying to make it up to my mai.. read more
Dave Brown

1 Month Ago

. 👍
As poets, we write, we climb, we die...and then frozen in time, others pass us by on their way up...
read our poetry and wonder why we stopped short of the top...
then wonder if their poetry is worth the climb.

j.

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

An avalanche of thanks for this incredible inspiration. I never have "almost poems" so I would never.. read more

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