My brother is about to undertake a huge task: climbing up (and down) Mount Kilimanjaro. He loves physical challenges and has done some pretty incredible things, including: skydiving, running marathons and biking across Minnesota. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is his biggest (and farthest away) adventure. I want to wish him a safe journey and give him all the inspiration I can. I couldn't come up with the right words, so I'm turning to someone else who has been there.
The poems excerpted below are written by Susan R. Makin, who recently climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. She says it far better than I could.
Excerpt from Poem 2: Kilimanjaro, Day 4/1
Equal when challenged
Challenged when equal
The day is long
The body becomes strong
And so too the mindFor the complete poem, click here.
Excerpt from Poem 4: Day 5
Step by step
Minute by minute
Ache by ache
We’re closer to our goal
For the complete poem, click here.
Excerpt from Poem 5: Kili Ascent: Success
Those who can
Those who can’t
Those who could
Those who would
Those who did.For the complete poem, click here.
All poems excerpted above are copyright of Susan R. Makin, 2007, and posted here with her permission. The full poems, as well as her thoughts about her adventure are posted on DocSusan's Blog. Here are the links to all of her Kilimanjaro poems:
Kilimanjaro Poetry: Poem 1
Kilimanjaro Poetry: Poems 2 and 3
Kilimanjaro Poetry: Poems 4 and 5
Kilimanjaro Poetry: Poems 6 and 7
Kilimanjaro Poetry: Poems 8 and 9
She also has practical advice about climbing the mountain that she relates in this post: Climbing Kilimanjaro: Making it to the Top.
I hope these words of encouragement will help my brother keep going throughout the difficult climb. I have complete faith in him and I wish him the very best of luck. I can't wait to hear all about his experience when he gets back.
Today's Poetry Friday round-up is at The Book Mine Set.
Update: My brother successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro! See this post.