Today, Canadian mountain climber Laurie Skreslet reached the summit of Mount Everest. With him were two Sherpas.
—Report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on The National News
Donkeys, clearly, special mountain ones,
or computers to connect The Mountain
with The National.
Or lungs, or esoteric climbing gear,
one for each foot.
Or let’s just call them Dan and Sam Sherpa.
Dan didn’t need oxygen until the last 200 feet.
Sam had been there twice before.
They might even be good in a crisis,
might even know the way.
Every Canadian deserves one of these Sherpas.
I want one for myself, whatever it is.


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