Goddess Mother of Earth

Goddess Mother of Earth

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
"

(name the people of Nepal give to Everest)

"
long before corpses
of courageous mountaineers
were consumed by Everest's
magnetic allure

to be tragically
left in death on frozen scree
or buried in deep crevasses

bar headed geese had already
discovered they could salute her
in a fly past at unrivalled heights
admiring her natural beauty
while surviving biting cold

peaks proudly pointing sky high
to Himalayan heavens
modestly swathed in bands of cloud
on days when sun's rays proved
to be elusively shy

i frequently ponder on pioneers
who set out to conquer her summit
to attempt what Mallory
did or did not do depending
on your own understanding
of his sad demise

in thought flight i imagine
i have wings, take to the skies
a magnificent avian view
scaling her face, soaring higher
and higher still

while the ceiling beckons
enticing brilliant blue
sun a blaze of molten gold
behold I'm on top of the world
base camps below
sheets of ice, thick blankets of
blinding diamond snow

closer to God
though not one I comprehend
closer to God
yet not one I pretend to know




© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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You were flying high in the writing of this magnificent tribute to the Goddess Mother of Earth - this mountain has swallowed so many yet she is still a diamond beyond any price and your eloquent lines add to her glory - am seeing those geese saluting as they pass by - such a heart-stopping read Chris - and thanks for the share of your thoughts on scaling her vast icy face.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Hello Fay. I am so pleased you saw the fly past with the bar headed geese, because that was my inten.. read more
Fay Slimm

4 Weeks Ago

My pleasure dear Chris - those wonderful geese braving such journey despite mountainous cold needed .. read more



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I will leave those lofty heights to my imagination and the geese LOL oh wait... that's what you just did some bunnies are better at climbing than others me i'm a floppier sort better at falling than climbing:) I enjoy the snapshot of motion you painted in these words Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Bunny. I can only climb in my mind, I think I wouldn't be much good doing the real thing. .. read more
You too seem so entranced by the beauty of this magnificent mountain. I easily recall, as a child seeing a movie on Hillary's conquest of her. I have imagined what it would be like if I were to make such an attempt. I really liked and enjoyed your description.

Take care - Dave

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thank yous Dave. Yes I am fascinated by the history and beauty of this magnificent mountain.read more
That final stanza brings the wonder, celebration of this revered mountain into focus as questions are placed about our origins and the high value we put on pioneering and on seeing nature as something 'godly'.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you John. Your thoughts are always most appreciated. Good to see you.

Chrisread more
mt everest,it seems a lot of people have the need to conquer this great mtn,
i am happy to look at a distant,i can see enough beauty from here

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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 wordman

3 Weeks Ago

i have seen many photos,it is beautiful
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Can't disagree with you there.
 wordman

3 Weeks Ago

well i guess we need to visit chris
Lovely write about a journey of the highest mountain to climb. Some of us are always up for the challenge to soar among the clouds ;-}

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Weeping willow. Yes, some will always have that compulsion to climb to the heady heights.<.. read more
This reminded me of two first mountaineers that attempted climbing Everest. Eventually, they perished.
Until Edmund and one other guys succeeded in getting to its summit. And that happened some decades later.
I think it takes time to understand a gods which are not meant to be defile.



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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Hello Kay. I had Irving and Mallory in mind when I wrote these words. Early pioneers who both lost t.. read more
Although I'm not a fan of inexperienced climbers attempting to summit Everest, I understand the allure, but, how far does that little bit of fame extend?
"I attempted to climb Everest."
"Oh, did you summit?'
"No, turned back within 50 feet of the top."
"Loser."
Too many inexperienced people climb the mountain...too many are still up there.
Your poem resonates...drawing a clear picture of the trials involved and that bar headed geese are the only creatures who can achieve in a few hours what man takes six weeks to do if he or she makes it.
How many of those climbers were aware of God, and how many just gasping out their final breaths without comprehension?

A good write, Chris.

P.S. I wrote a poem called "Everest" quite a while back if you'd care to have a peek.




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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Ted. Yes the bar headed geese do it with ease and don't leave loads of rubbish on the sl.. read more
As you know Chris I am an Everest fan but not so much in the present commercial mayhem. I've walked past several of these Himalayan giants in awe and flown past Everest on the way to Bhutan. It is incredible. Years ago, with two pals, we (individually) managed to climb the whole height of Everest 29000 feet in 21and a half hours fron 9am one morning till 6.30 am the next day. Yes, I know - because it was there! No - because we were bonkers.
This is a great bit of writing and you have caught the allure and beauty of the beast with well chosen words.
All the best.
Alan

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Dear Alan, we share a love of this mountain. How wonderful for you to experience the thrill of being.. read more

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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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