Mt Everest has many names
It is a place where many rest for ever
After meeting their end
While reaching for a dream.
Why climb the highest mountain?
Risk life and limb in ice and snow?
I will never know.
Hardship is not my thing.
Climbers who have lost their loved ones
Have made a compelling film,
Which made me dream about
Ice ledges, lost fingers and frozen corpses.
Today, a Japanese will try again
To reach the summit
He had previously lost 9 fingers
And will be going alone.
Is he suicidal?
What will he do if he does return?
Will he get bionic hands?
A plastic nose? A medal band?
Mt Everest was a fine mountain admired from below
Until George Everest climbed right up to the top of it.
Sagarmatha is what the locals call it.
Tibetan see it as the mother of the universe: Chomolungma
In Chinese it sounds similar: Qomolangma
Maybe tonight we will learn the Japanese name.
Moona Perrotin 2015