Friday, April 17, 2015

Not to be caged in, that's the spirit!

                                                                                                 Attribution: Azim Afif
Image: 1 UTM Everest 2014/2015 mission. Pro-Chancellor of UTM  OP Tan Sri Dr. Salleh Mohd Nor. together with the main climbers, Aidib Yusoff Jamhuri Jumari Azham Afzanizam Hamzah. 

                                                                             Attribution: Azim Afif
Image: 2 OP Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor in crimson tops with Everest in the background

                                                                                        Attribution: Jayafuddin Jalil
Image 3 OP Tan Sri Dr. Salleh Mohd Nor at Everest Base Camp in a 
warm-up mission in 2012

N for Not to be Caged In

The given words:
cage crimson guesthouse flowers furry
moments nightmare pull unhappy steady 
askew (to one side; out of line; in a crooked position)
sanguinary (full of or characterized by bloodshed)

Not to be caged in
That's the spirit!
The same feelings
extended by OP Salleh
to his young wards
from the UTM
when he led them on their
Everest quest

Dressed in crimson tops
OP Salleh was ready for the kill
Not the sanguinary kind but
those engaged of the esprit de corps
rich in him, an Old Putra

First stop at the 'guesthouse'
The Everest Base Camp
To prepare and readying
themselves for the assault

No flowers for any grand send-off
Nor furry Abominable Snowman to
bid them safe journey
but there were moments of nightmare
that all climbers witnessed
but never talked about such as
the remains of previous climbers
lying askew strewn and not buried

They pulled through though
but quite unhappy seeing such
poignant scenes

The climbers were both physically
and emotionally provoked but steadfast
they steadily moved on!

Note: Old Putra is an alumni of
the Royal Military College

For Blogging A to Z April Challenge - N and
Sunday's Whirligig 3 hosted by MMT with
the given words


  1. Remains of other hikers - that would be a chilling sight.

  2. But life goes on ..recently an Indian mountaineer too was found dead in the alps ,,,he will always be remembered.

  3. Very sobering thought Hank.
    Excellently written.

  4. This works excellently as both tale and metaphor...freedom is as much climbing to the mountains of your mind as well as actual ones!

  5. Have to keep on climbing those mountains, but yeah seeing remains may put a damper on things

  6. but wow what adventure and challenge, I do admire the spirit

  7. I've read about climbing this mountain- such amazing feats of danger and resolve.
    Well done!

  8. I have always admired mountain climbers from the comfort of my lounge. How apt that the danger of such an attempt is there for prospective conquerors to see.

  9. Remains...turned this into a chilling piece. Well done

  10. Hank were you on this great adventure! I am too much of a weather wimp to climb a snow capped mountain. Though I was up at the top of Maui's highest peak once. We were not prepared for the cold up there. Maui is enchanting having so many climates on one island.

    I played here this week:
    Computing Data

  11. This poem was a lovely surprise: the adventure is so well visualised

  12. Strong people, dare to risk the climb dangerous mountains open to dif. climatic conditions! Showing - the limitation only in our heads...

  13. I would have a hard time passing by the unburied remains of climbers who preceded me!