You Would Never Listen

Sleep like a star in the sky,
Your glow,
Frozen in flight,
/
Where it’s cold, mortally cold,
Where it’s cold
Forever
/
Don’t be afraid of the wind –
It won’t pierce you,
/
Don’t be afraid of the snow –
It won’t hide
/
You from the heart, which continues
To love you
/
Or from the eyes, which still search
For your light
/
Fear not the ice for soon
You’ll become like it,
/
Solid yet frail under the touch
Of warmth,
/
Fear not the rocks, which, like you,
Rest suspended
/
In capsules of time till they
Suddenly fall
/
Dread not my voice or the words
I am saying,
/
Breathe through the pain
They inspire in you;
/
This lullaby is for those,
Already sleeping,
/
I let you hear it
Only because I knew
/
You would
Never listen

The Trail

The trail I follow
In melting, frail snow
Will fade tomorrow
Like a snake on starved rocks
/
Today – step off it,
Today – fall through,
Today – be damned
And tomorrow – pure
/
I’m held by nothing;
I’m tied to naught;
Countless, deep steps
Over the hungry void
/
Smell strong of sweat
Brought to boil by fear –
They mark the safe way –
Not the way for me
/
Thus, I move away from
The well-trodden trail
Into the swelling whiteout,
Which has called my name
/
I do not leave
Behind me a path:
I walk alone;
First step, second… last

Good-night

To the (too) many dead of Everest

Good-night, good-bye!
At last, the soft dawn’s here for me;
On its broad wings it bears
The warmth I need to live
/
It lifts me briskly up
And carries me away
From where you sleep your timeless sleep,
Which knows not nights from days
/
Good-night, good-bye!
I can’t sit by your side and rest:
My racing heart, my ticking watch,
The dream, which lights my face,
/
Must lift me briskly up
And carry me away
From where you sleep your timeless sleep,
In the thin air encaged
/
I taste your night: cold, heavy, deep…
I spit it out and crawl
Towards the sun, towards the top
Of the awakened world
/
Good-night, good-bye!
May Chomolungma keep your soul from harm!
Good-night, o faceless dreamer,
My clone of ice and stone!