Who Cares About Mountains? by Bethany Coveney
His hands hiked twice over the two raised peaks.
Reckless and incautious, not wondering
what the gentle mountain says if it speaks.
Dismissing the rain and the thundering
he advanced to the top with male anger,
thinking the scenery was his to steal.
The climb gets wilder, and it gets harder
to breathe. Imagine what the mountain feels.
But when the mountains did indeed speak up,
scientists called their voice a garbled mess
of hiss and noise. Quickly they’d had enough,
turning away to Mars so they hear less.
Who cares about mountains? Never to rest,
more tired than the man who climbed Everest.
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