Beyond The Clouds

Risking it all

in the earthbound sky


Her summit was calling,

the weather defies


An avalanche beckoned,

one Sherpa was lost


A trek through the death zone,

another one gone


The temperature dropping,

the oxygen sparse


My crampons now heavy

and feeling much worse


To retreat or push on,

the danger the same


All hail Sagarmatha

—still calling my name


(Memories Of Nepal: March, 2021)

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