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After fundraising
and all personal savings
including yet to be credited salary
she was $10,000 short
$10,000 short of a dream
dream maker – who doesn’t want to be?
Her sister and brother-in-law will lend the money
mates rates
0% and “ when you can …. just this once.”

She can accept the expedition invitation
expeditions still expeditions then
yet to be mouse click adventure tourism.
the spirit of Mallory and Irvine
Shackleton and Scott
endurance, bravery and deprivation.
A remote peak in the Himalaya
moderate by Nepal metres
but unclimbed by this route
and women.

Before departure the leader briefs members
a sensitive matter
no one wants to tempt fate but
if chance draws the Joker
body recovery could be difficult
or vanished by crevasse or avalanche
next of kin should be just in case aware.

After dinner and toasts
after dessert and chocolates
after coffee
she told them
her sister and brother-in-law
her benefactors, her friends
the ones she was closest to in the whole world.

It was difficult to say she said
in the event of tragedy she might be without trace
or unrecoverable
they looked stunned
“what about our money?”



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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