Fear Less – A Quadrille

Alex Honnold

Alex Honnold (mensjournal.com), not Charley!

Finger-

tips

hook

faint ledge.

 

Leg                  trembles

as                 I            reach

for               a                toehold.

 

Face,

body

pressed

against rock.

 

A

stream,

a

river

runs

through

my

clothing.

 

Ropeless.

(rhymes with)

Keep climbing!

 

Scale.

Balance.

Weighing.

Justice.

Found wanting.

 

Toehold!

Breathe.

Settle.

 

Strain.

Reach.

Overcome

your

fear!

 

For Quadrille night at dVerse Poets Pub.

 

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48 thoughts on “Fear Less – A Quadrille

    • Yeah, well, us beginners do. The guy in the photo, and quite a few others, climb in ways that I wouldn’t have dreamed of when I was learning to climb. I did it to overcome a fear of heights. Nothing near what’s being displayed in the photo. His ascent is on YouTube, I think.

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  1. Found wanting – appropriate allusion. The format really intensifies this poem and the sense of movement. That pivotal moment where the unsaid rhyming word shows up turns the whole thing around. Especially like the river line. Nice job! (You sure that’s not you in the picture?)

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  2. The shape of the poem really added to my ability to experience this climb, especially beginning with “leg trembling,” I pictured it as a personal experience and slowed down to read it as though it were my own climb. (As a side note I find it interesting that many of the poems so far on this subject “fear” explore “hope”. Possibly even more than those that explore the concept of “bravery.” Yours touches on both.) Great poem!

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    • Thank you! You have to face fear to begin a climb. I don’t know if bravery fits. For some it is a careless disregard for their own personal life, for others (like me) it is to prove metal. Bravery’s best definition is fear facing fear.

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  3. It is a rock climb of a poem complete with crux…rhymes with…no time to think about that….keep climbing
    Whatever level you climb at ( long time since I did any) you find the edge of your ability and push through or fall off. I prefer the roped version.

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  4. This is wonderful. Not so wonderful if I was in that situation, I have an extreme case of fear of heights, extreme as such I can’t take a few steps on the ladder without trembling inside. So a climb on the mountain, ropless, a perfect nightmare!

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