The Essence of the Summit
My lifeline attached to your hand
My steps tracing your footprints
Our hearts beat as one
And skips as you trip.
The ice pick digs into the mountain
But not as hard as I cling to your soul
As we move through this adventure,
Wide awake and alert.
We keep our eyes and ears open
Even as we sleep.
The cold and shortness of breath
Does not deter us.
Keep a strong arm and a steadfast mind
Because my life depends on you.
As the wind whips my face
And the spindrift holds no shape,
What you're capable of can surprise you
When love is your pure motivation.
Without it, we'd all give up and freeze.
So inch by inch, day by day,
Stride by heavy stride
I embody the essence of the summit
Always by your side.