Facing Giants

Facing Giants

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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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 Shaw


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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.

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

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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A superb poetic portrayal of the mountains and those men who dare climb them in the full knowledge of the price they may pay.
Well done Chris.
Alan

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

So glad you enjoyed the read, Alan. All the best.

Chris
Bringing mountains to the mind, and death within view. My mind was all over the place and did so happily. --- Thanks.

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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Falcon. Pleased you enjoyed the poem.

Chris
This is top notch descriptive writing here! Love the second stanza, always a pleasure to read your writing! Making my way back to repay the favor my love! And for the enjoyment!

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Patricia. Will be paying you a visit very soon. Pleased you enjoyed the read.

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Patricia

1 Month Ago

You’re welcome:)
Hi Chris, This is such a wonderful, flowing write. You bring the great mountain ranges to life and we see the endeavours of the pioneers of mountain climbing. Sing the song of those early pioneers who risked all. You are an artist of words, your flowing words paint such powerful pictures in the mind. I love the content of this write, Chris. Have a wonderful Friday. Hugs always....Mike.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Hi Mike. Totally inspired abd fascinated by those early pioneers. They died doing what they loved be.. read more
Chris Shaw

6 Months Ago

Hi Mike. Totally inspired abd fascinated by those early pioneers. They died doing what they loved be.. read more
shadrach hah

6 Months Ago

You are ever welcome, Chris. We always need those brave pathfinders. Have a wonderful Saturday. Hugs.. read more
Ah, Yes, because it's there!
Has anyone ever told you, you write the way an artist paints ?!
Loved it :)

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you Dylan, pleased you enjoyed this one. I did writing it too. Mallory, a hero of mine. Yes, m.. read more
Even tho I love your powerfully-stated poem, I'm distracted by S.zaynab.kamoonpury's comment that the Himalayas = motherland. I've read many books about the area, in the realm of trekking or a celebration of the culture. Too bad hundreds of trekkers every year don't respect the mountain the way the locals do. Even tho your poem shows everything going on in the best possible light, there's really an ugly mess at the bottom (town-sized garbage) & at the top (abandoned carcasses) of these highways to the top of the world. I just can't celebrate it like you do. (((HUGS)))

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thanks Margie. It's tragic, the rubbish now left behind. When I think of Everest I am usually thinki.. read more
barleygirl

8 Months Ago

That's when climbing was beautiful. I've read all the books from back then & also from now . . . the.. read more
I like the part about "lost pioneers" "sacrificed to hopeful endeavors". A tribute to mountain climbers. Have you been to the Himalayas?

Posted 10 Months Ago


Chris Shaw

10 Months Ago

Thanks for your thoughts Shelley. No I have not been, but I have done a fair bit of reading about Ev.. read more
Shelley Warner

10 Months Ago

Yeah mountain climbing is not for me but my son in law has done a little climbing here in the Pacifi.. read more
This piece has a lovely flow to it, I enjoyed the occasional rhymes scattered throughout. The beauty and power of the mountains is inspiration for some spectacular imagery and the desire of man to conquer them a uniquely human concept.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

10 Months Ago

Thank you so much for checking in and leaving a lovely response. Most appreciated ellemorell.
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scaling those frigid summits sure can be harrowing. was thinking of david facing goliath with a slingshot.

simply because it's there

great line and great ending. straight tall format.

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

you breathe the thin air of poetry at high elevations. great piece chris ... :)

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

You are far too kind Pete. Thanks for a great review. Pleased you enjoyed the read.

C.. read more
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.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Joseph. I do love writing poetry and work hard on each piece I write. There the motivation.. read more

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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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