Tuesday, January 3, 2017


in 1996, Rob Hall led an expedition to the top of Mount Everest
in which 8 people, including himself, perished.
in 2015, an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest in which
22 people perished.

i whisper the mystery of life into a bootstep
when and where 
the world will perish, where and when i will
perish. the plans, the hieroglyphs written into 
the skin of the temple. i whisper a name into a bootstep, say
sorry for all the words no one ever told him and
30 snowburied heads nod in approval.

it's funny because
his name was Parrish. 
do you get it? see the pun? see the gasoline?
see the mountain? the great big 
obligation of it all, as the    
weather insists, growls, makes
the wheezing unhappy sounds of wind.
30 snowburied heads nod in approval.     

science says,
in 1996, they only retrieved 3 bodies
science says,
the rest are still up there
science says, 
in 2015, they never found any bodies.
god says,
why assume they are still up there?
why assume he is still up there?
and molds them into snowflakes
science says,
it is not elegant to die
and god says,
it is not elegant to die
yet the backpackers 
keep doing it.
yet my patients 
keep doing it.  

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