Thursday, November 23, 2023

'because it is there!

                                                                                                Author: Dhruv Mittal
Image: The mountains stand like rugged giants 
with their tops shrouded in clouds of mystery (here)

The moon had inspired many
With its inherent beauty
No one disputed that with the owl even pining
And no dearth of poets with their writings

But when man landed on the moon
It was rocky, dusty not how it  was earlier shown
The same could be said of mountains
Bluish and greenish in the distance

It was rugged not expected to be overly friendly
Treacherous, hard, and cold with deep gullies
Snow-capped that raised challenges to another level
Mountain climbing rightly belongs to the dare-devils

Climbers on Everest made a solemn pledge
Upon returning no word to divulge as their privilege
Remains of earlier climbers strewn in the snow
Not to be made known to folks waiting below

When asked 'Climbing the mountain was it a dare?'
Yes, they replied, 'because it is there!

Grace at d'Verse Open Link Night-351/


  1. Things are never as they seem from a distance.

  2. Things are always different close up. Now I'm thinking of Barbra Streisand singing... from a distance, the world is blue and gree, and the snow-capped mountains white...

  3. Yes, it is there, but the climb is probably a lot like hell on earth from what I have read. Maybe seeing it at a distance is even better.

  4. The son of my dearest childhood friend has scaled Mt. Everest. His stories are amazing. Good to see you, Hank.

  5. It is a very difficult climb and some have died along the way. Still a good experience.

  6. Ain't no mountain high enough... Sing along, Hank!