Facing Giants

Facing Giants

A Poem by Chris
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(a small tribute to Mallory and Irving which is not specific to the way they met their death)

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himalayan mountain ridges rise to
a crescendo at dawn's first light
nights navy mantle gently receding
like tide's ebb

bejewelled summit struck by sun's
topaz rays, sky ablaze in shades of
tangerine tones of citrus energy
swished with gun metal grey

sharp stark snow caps conceal
ravines bedevilled with deepest
gaps, icy glaciers glint sequinned
diamond glare

slopes camouflage shrouded
secrets of lost pioneers
those who chose to climb craggy
rock faces in adverse weather

sacrificed in hopeful endeavours
hidden from sight as time passes
smothered by avalanche's cruel 
cold counterpane

dreaded rumble thunder sounds
echoing, leaving men dead, buried
or frozen face down on scree's
harsh hostility

fearless are mountaineers
compelled to conquer the apex
leaving a footprint on life's pinnacle
simply because it's there

© 2021 Chris


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Ahh yayy you mentioned the Himalayas, thats motherland mountain to me,. And wow your imagery and vocab is so awesome and impressive and your thoughts for the perished climbers, nice compassionate! Kudos for this lovely wonderful poem and am so glad to have read this.

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Chris

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Zay Zay, I am so pleased you liked my efforts, paying homage to your motherland mountain and those w.. read more



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Anytime I see poems like yours, I always have the feeling of not arriving yet with my own poetry. Are hard copied published poet? Wow! your poems are great.

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Chris

5 Days Ago

Thank you Joseph. I do love writing poetry and work hard on each piece I write. There the motivation.. read more
Amazing poetry
here Chris..you
paint quite the
scene in vivid detail
and colourful beauty
of the majestic mountains
and those who dare to
take the challenges of
of climbing them to their
highest peak..a task with
many risks involved..

nice work


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Chris

6 Days Ago

Thank you Fran Marie for your encouraging review. So much appreciated. Have a great weekend.
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  Fran Marie

6 Days Ago

you re welcome;
have a great weekend
also😊
I'm one of those people. I'm not crazy enough to do it Himalayan style. Everest and the Tibetan Plateau and the like are just, way, way too much for me. But I spend a lot of time in that kind of terrain. I like to deal with the weather, the unpredictable terrain; I like it when it gets dangerous. It makes me feel alive in a way you simply cant pay money for. You have to be able both physically and mentally, you have to have it in you, you have to know what you are doing... you have to, all on your own, rise to the challenge. Very few things in this world are like that. To be competent or die... outside of war trekking the harder parts of nature are the only things that match it.

This poem makes me wanna take a long walk into a hard place without a map.

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TK Little (dave)

1 Week Ago

We share some of the same hero's. George Mallory is something more than special. He was /is the e.. read more
Chris

1 Week Ago

Brunel links Britain and America. Look up SS Great Britain. He was phenomenal, came from a family of.. read more
TK Little (dave)

1 Week Ago

Thanks again for that. I only had a superficial knowledge of Brunel. I'd return the favor but you .. read more
some lovely imagery you have painted here

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Chris

1 Week Ago

Many tha k yous for stopping by. Most appreciated.

Chris
 wordman

1 Week Ago

you`re welcome
Stunning descriptions of these majestic mountains. We were fortunate enough to see them as we visited Nepal...of course we did not climb, but flying over them was awe inspiring... and you did an excellent job of bringing that back to life for me...so I thank you for these clear images and well written piece.
yours truly,
B.


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Chris

1 Week Ago

Thank you Betty for a wonderful review. All the best.

Chris
Ahh yayy you mentioned the Himalayas, thats motherland mountain to me,. And wow your imagery and vocab is so awesome and impressive and your thoughts for the perished climbers, nice compassionate! Kudos for this lovely wonderful poem and am so glad to have read this.

Posted 1 Week Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Chris

1 Week Ago

Zay Zay, I am so pleased you liked my efforts, paying homage to your motherland mountain and those w.. read more
The imagery in this one is simply stunning! I could almost see he mountain climbers working their way to the top....just because they can. Nature can give us beauty and nature can give us an avalanche. The trick is to enjoy it all. Lydi**

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Chris

1 Week Ago

Thank you Lydi** for that encouraging review, gratefully received.

Chris
How beautifully do you write?
I love your writings especially because of the vivid imagery that you paint with your words. Beautiful, but tragic.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Weeks Ago

Many thanks for leaving a other review Fairy. You are appreciated.

Chris
A gorgeous poem full of marvelous imagery ending in a sad tragedy. They tried to conquer the summit but death came too soon. Sometimes heroism has a steep price to pay.

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Sami Khalil

2 Weeks Ago

You are welcome. Write more.
Chris

2 Weeks Ago

Ha ha, that old gliche, read more surfacing again. Seems so rude Sami. Wish that could be corrected:.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Weeks Ago

Hehehe! No worries.
Hi Chris,
Sorry i have been absent for so long.
This is beautiful.
I hope you are well,
Ruby

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much Ruby. So pleased you stopped on by. Take care.

Chris

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