Mallory and Irvine
two names forever linked,
Rogers and Hammerstein
Gilbert and Sullivan
Lennon and McCartney
David and Bacharach.
Lost on the summit ridge, of
the summit of the world
king and country and empire.
I knew about the siting above the second step
the missing five hours
the empty tent
the three days of waiting
the long, requiem march to Darjeeling.
large scale and dramatic
including a memorial at St Pauls
attended by George V and Queen Mary.
mass distorted perspective
until I read about Irvine’s mother
for the rest of her life: 26 years
she left outside light on, in case Andrew came home.