The Essence of the Summit


My lifeline attached to your hand

My steps tracing your footprints

Our hearts beat as one

And skips as you trip.

The ice pick digs into the mountain

But not as hard as I cling to your soul

As we move through this adventure,

Wide awake and alert.

We keep our eyes and ears open

Even as we sleep.


The cold and shortness of breath

Does not deter us.

Keep a strong arm and a steadfast mind

Because my life depends on you.

As the wind whips my face

And the spindrift holds no shape,

What you're capable of can surprise you

When love is your pure motivation.

Without it, we'd all give up and freeze.


So inch by inch, day by day,

Stride by heavy stride

I embody the essence of the summit

Always by your side.