Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was written early in November, with some wheezes reminding him of his past asthma, and how it was usually most troublesome as summer passed to autumn and winter.
He was reminded of the poem when watching the Endeavour: Everest trilogy of old documentaries this week. The third one, about the first balloon flight over Everest, was based in Gokyo village, the destination for Marc’s trek. They are available to watch on BBC Online until 22.44 GMT on Monday (unfortunately only in the U.K. I think).
Everest View Poem after Wheezing Asthma
As last year’s asthma passed, Marc appreciated breathing deeply while exercising, and that inspired this poem. That burst of inspiration lasted for five lines of the poem, and then the rest of the poem was created while writing it.
The last time Marc took the asthma inhaler was early in the October 2009 Gokyo-Ri (5,357 m, 17,575 ft above sea level) hike. So the rest of the first half of the poem developed into describing that.
The second half of the poem became one imagining a conversation with Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
Marc has more Nepal photos on Google+
Asthmatic Achievement, Mountain Magnificence
scan 360 horizon
gorge fresh clear air
feeling gratitude to be alive
I thought A day I’ll never forget
after climbing Gokyo Ri, Mount Everest shouted loudly
It thundered I’m the highest of all
I heard my climbers exclaim
for me and them
steep 90 angle