Poetry: Benjamin Pfutzenreuter

My Friend Is Lost In Nepal.

I received a letter in the mail,
informing me that my friend has disappeared into Nepal.
It says, after boarding a train in Patan, 

he was never heard from again.  

I have considered flying
into the Kathmandu valley
to look for him

but I cannot afford to be lost,
among all those prayer flags and

To find him, years later
at the Namche Bazaar.
Breathing thin air and
buying provisions.

Because I would ask
if he ever made it up to the top
of Sagarmāthā, or any others. 

And I cannot afford
to be asked the same.


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