/ A poem in tribute to two legends

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Sophie G. - on 09 Feb 2019

Hopefall

From dawn to dusk—and earlier, and later—
we spun our new line up towards the skies,
shadows of movement in the greater silence,
a quiet but shared ardour in our eyes,
while sunlight danced from snow to loch to sea.

And then the got-it moment met our hope: 
the angle fell away and the rest was white,
a walk-up to the summit, trailing ropes,
the black crag overcome, and the plan come right.

But if a fault appeared then and gaped open
and widened till it swallowed you and me,
tripped up, ensnared and swamped, so quickly taken—

that does not mean our partnership was broken;
does not annul the trust that set us free;
and does not take the sunlight from the sea.

Andy Nisbet and Steve Perry
Ben Hope, Sutherland, 5th February 2019

SGC 8.2.19

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McHeath - on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to Sophie G.:

That, Sophie, is beautiful. Thank you.

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CurlyStevo - on 09 Feb 2019
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It’s really nice that you took the time todo this.

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bonebag - on 09 Feb 2019
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That brings tears to the eyes Sophie. Still struggle to believe it happened.

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Lorraine McCall on 09 Feb 2019
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That is so sad and so beautiful.

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SonyaD on 09 Feb 2019
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That's beautiful Sophie x

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ena sharples - on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to bonebag:

Me too-off all the climbers I ever knew or heard about, Andy would be just about last on the list of random mishaps. RIP to both Andy and Steve.

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Robert Durran - on 10 Feb 2019
In reply to Sophie G.:

Perfectly put.

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Duncan Bourne - on 10 Feb 2019
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Beautiful

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James B - on 10 Feb 2019
In reply to Sophie G.:

Very moving. Thanks for posting

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Mac fae Stirling - on 12 Feb 2019
In reply to Sophie G.:

Beautiful poem. A fine tribute.

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rodw - on 12 Feb 2019
In reply to Mac fae Stirling:

Exceptional wonderful 

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Alfrede - on 13 Feb 2019
In reply to Sophie G.: well done Sophie. Very touching.  I haven't met you yet but Andy often spoke to me about you. We must remedy that some time. Best wishes Alfie. 

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Alfrede - on 13 Feb 2019
In reply to Sophie G.:

Well done Sophie. Very touching. I have not met you yet but Andy often spoke of you. We must remedy that sometime. My very best wishes, Alfie. 

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Sophie G. - on 13 Feb 2019
In reply to Alfrede:

Thank you, Alfie. You'll see me on the 20th. I think there might be quite a throng--but I'm not usually very hard to pick out. I look forward to meeting you.

SGC

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