colin sent this revision of an old poem

i find it too grim, and very un-colin-like



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Two hundred meters from the summit, on a knife-edge ridge,

the wind whirls around a rocky outcropping

catching him off-guard, shakes his balance—arms windmilling,

a mitt flies into the cold nothingness.


He jams his ice-axe into the crusted snow, regroups. 

He is on lead, cutting steps—the summit,

yet two hours, maybe more, away.


Cut, step, deep breath, another—cut, step, deep breath, another.

On the summit he takes off his remaining mitt,

smacks his hands together, hoping 

to warm the frozen hand before it is too late.


It is too late. His hand shatters—pieces of flesh and bone

and gristle and tendon explode, fall into the void.

He hears the sound of one hand clapping.






Poetry by jim The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2021-08-02 at 04:39

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