Oh, the wind-swept, lofty summit

That calls men to their death

Prayers offered in frozen breath


What magic be upon your peak

What treasures there, ripe and rife

That want to know may cost a life


Standing at the top of the world

Rare ground that few have trod

To look upon the face of God


For each there is something

Some great promise in the sky

And, for each, their reason why


10 Responses to “Everest”
  1. beth says:

    it is a mindset I cannot get into, but I understand that each person has their reasons and their journey

  2. Chel Owens says:

    I can’t even imagine. This, the ultimate challenge, would require such fortitude!

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    Beautiful imagery and words, my friend. 💕As a hiker, more so in my past then of recently, I was involved in groups that hiked all over the world. I have a fascination with documentaries and have watched several on Everest. I understand that many have their reasons for their willpower and determination to summit. However, I was quite disturbed at the number of people “lined up” I’m a recent documentary I watched (and in my National Geographic articles since the pandemic began). May common sense, cooperation, and care for the divine design of our natural beauty, be ever present in achieving our dreams. I hope your week is starting well and blessed! 🤗💛

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, dear Karla! I, too, have been struck by the number of people attempting this feat. It has become commercialized and competitive. More amazing than someone climbing this peak once are the Sherpas who climb it every day. I remain continually blessed and pray the same for you, my friend! 💛🥰

  4. Scottthurman says:

    Reblogged this on scott j. thurman and commented:
    @Brad – I enjoyed your poem and reblogged it on my website. I wrote a book called “Suicide By Everest” and this captures a similar mood. Nice work.

  5. Scottthurman says:

    I tried to “Reblog” this post as it captures a mood similar to my novel, “Suicide By Everest”. I’m going to copy and paste, and of course, give you full credit for the poem.
    You can visit my site at scottthurman.com

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