Found – for dVerse

Mallory's body exposed by avalancheFound

Where blizzard swept in ceaseless spindthrift
A suffocating tourbillion
Now shards of shale form harsher drift,
Fathomless, frozen shroud quite gone.
In prostrate pose of dedication
Mallory worships at his altar,
Arms outstretched in supplication,
Cast into perpetual prayer,
By avalanche and cold ice shriven,
Surrendering to their cruel caress,
Success or failure still unproven,
Atman at one with Everest.

I wrote this is 1999 when an avalanche exposed Mallory’s body on the slopes of Everest. It is I think , one of the sparest poems I have written ….although I have included qualifiers.

I have resurrected it for the dVerse challenge at

About SallyJ

I am a writer and a poet.
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16 Responses to Found – for dVerse

  1. brian miller says:

    worships….and how you play that out fits the bill perfectly….while sparse it sets the tone of his death nicely…wonder if he will forever be climbing that mountain…

  2. Very nicely done and perfect for the prompt. So glad you resurrected this, Sally

  3. Great resurraction.. some awesome alliterations give additional strength,

  4. claudia says:

    arms outstretched in worship is a good way to go me thinks… you chose the words carefully… a sensitive write sally

  5. billgncs says:

    Sally – this was powerful – a poem that needed to be read aloud.

  6. Ian Colville says:

    Sally, ‘Atman’ or ‘A man’ – I wonders..? Off to look up ‘spindthrift’ and ‘tourbillion’ 🙂 Awesome poem, though; brings you right out there where he was found – eerie. I don’t recall ever seeing that photo; it’s pretty compelling and obvious inspiration for such a poem.

  7. shanyns says:

    You brought this back and gave it new life – nicely done!

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