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oldguy

climber
Bronx, NY
Topic Author's Original Post - May 13, 2013 - 09:10am PT
This was first published in Ascent, 1968, then in England in "The Rock and Fell Journal", 1976, and then in an English collection of climbing poetry, Speak to the Hills, 1985, none of which is likely to be on most climber's book shelves. So . . .

THE ROCK IS

The rock is
smooth and cool
to the touch; it
is just there
and will not
change though I
step up and
pull on it, jam
my hands and
feet into its
cracks, rest on
small ledges, say
I have conquered
it or at least
come to terms.

I feel my
body move in
unlikely ways over
improbable places,
hang and stretch
on the edge of
balance, but I
do not even
conquer myself or
come to terms with
my fear. Is it
the act or
the intention, the
climbing or
the conception that
moves up steep
walls on small
holds?

Joe Fitschen
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
May 13, 2013 - 09:23am PT


It had to be done.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 13, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Good stuff Oldguy, should cross post it to the poetry thread.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=606532&tn=300

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 13, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Aw, he's fershizzle.
Where?  No man, WHERE?  Who cares why?  WHERE'S THAT SLOPER?
Where? No man, WHERE? Who cares why? WHERE'S THAT SLOPER?
Credit: mouse from merced

OGee,
You're probably a rope-soled old boulderer.

I mean rock-solid old guy, light on his feet, handy with his meter.

Why don't you jazz up your life writing instead of this?

I bet you're good enough.

Roy Smalley will agree, surely.

Do you know this Fitschen?

Or is this just some Foley's Folly sh#t?

Now, if you can remember, THAT was fershizzle!

I feel my
body move in
unlikely ways over
improbable places...whoa!
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
May 13, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
That Captain Kirk video was priceless!
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