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Cruel Mistress
by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary
Friday, October 09, 2009
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Cruel Mistress

Se's a cruel mistress,
the mountain, with her
cold granite kisses, and
icy hugs, yet we are
lured into the tempest by
visions of conquest.
She will bruise us and
tear us, and
if we drop our guard,
she will kill us, yet
we ignore the desperate
plea of our muscles,
stave off the pain, and
gasping for breath,
ascend that last rock
to claim the vista
reserved for perseverance, and
laugh in the face of death.

But we won't get too cocky,
there's still the descent.

Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 09


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Reviewed by Shay White 1/21/2014
I did a lot of free climbing of small cliffs in my youth, you painted the pleasure of it admirably! Wish I had had the courage to climb the larger mountains back then! Thanks for sharing a great write! -Shay
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/25/2009
I admire those who climb mountains (as long as they take their garbage back home with them); personally, I enjoy looking at the mountains from a distance even though I live on one. You have shared the experience effectively via your verses, Dallas. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Cryssa C 10/12/2009
I think life is like mountains... we have to scale them in order to gain the reward, but the descents can be murder...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/11/2009
There never was a mountain I didn't want to climb.

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/11/2009
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Bennett Kremen 10/10/2009
A strong poem.
Reviewed by Carol Grace 10/10/2009
Great visuals in this piece. I love it when words do what they are supposed to do.
Reviewed by jude forese 10/10/2009
interesting and well written ...
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/10/2009
Dallas...I really like this...the ending says it all!
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 10/9/2009

I've never climbed a moutain, I imagine it's harrowing. you've described it all too well, my friend, which is probably why I'll never climb a mountain.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/9/2009
GREAT piece, Dallas; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx,. Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Lori Moore 10/9/2009
The descent from the cruel mistress may be dangerous, but the descent from your poetry carries the same joy as the climb.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 10/9/2009
That is what they say huh, now that you succeeded going up you still have to come back down, but the challenge is so immense.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/9/2009
Yep, it's that cockiness in so many things that "gets" you if you are not careful, and who is careful when they are cocky. I know I sure wasn't.
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 10/9/2009
I was going to say that more people died on Everest descending the mountain than climbing it. You took the words out of my mouth with your ending. Nicely written.
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