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The Tip of the Horn

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The Tip of the Horn

I am telling you boy
Don’t go that way
She said over and over
But the path pulled me up
Towards the top of the peak
It was icy and cold
No one could sleep
But I couldn’t heed one word 
That was said
For it was all or nothing for me
And by God that’s the way it would be

So we climbed through the night
Though the Sherpa’s sighed
I was destined to peak 
Before sunrise
At three AM we could see the summit
It was 1000 meters to go, but we met a Yeti
Sitting upon on a rock 
Smoking a cigar
He said you’ll never make it that far
I pulled off my mask 
And asked how did he know?
He grinned and let out a howl

It shook my bones to my very soul
And he said you should listen to your
Heart not your soul
I turned my head and realized at last
That she was right
Why had it taken a Yeti to know
When a goat was right 
That I was going to fail
Come short of a fight.

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  1. Date: 8/10/2013 6:10:00 PM
    You have a great gift. .I almost bought it that Yeti's can smoke cigars and talk to climbers on a mountain...It must be exciting to live in your mind..an entertaining and finely crafted write :)

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/10/2013 6:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ah but they do and they can. Not so sure about exciting it is to live in my mind. I think I am in the Nile.... :) Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/7/2013 6:21:00 AM
    A yeti,,, a goat one very cool poem,, your a natural story teller:) it's interesting & fun to read....TY

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/7/2013 5:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mountain goats and yeti's...what can I say. I was watching PBS and they had a show on about mountain goats and I was off and climbing... Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/6/2013 8:50:00 PM
    Very nicely done I love the flowing words and perceptive ! Laura If this is for the contest best wishes!

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/6/2013 9:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Laura. I know not what contest you speak. Kilmer