A Climber Who Cries (a poem) by Luke Mehall

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Do only writers cry when a writer dies?

Do only musicians cry when a guitar player dies?

Do only climbers cry when a climber dies?


Lately I’ve cried from my eyes when people

I don’t know die


And lately there’s been a lot of them


by Luke Mehall (note: this piece is published in Volume 13 of The Zine, now available


I’m a poet


I’ve never written any poems

They all write themselves


Just like the tears

Spilled into beers


My heroes are leaving

And by leaving, giving


I must prepare my weapons

Prepare my pens

To begin again


Don’t say

I wasn’t made

By the red, white, and blue


The Grateful Dead

That’s right, Daddy-O

I’m back on my Kerouac


Gimme that rucksack

And a fat sack


Don’t dominate the rap jack

If you got nothing new to say

It’s a brand new day


This whole world gets so fucking petty

And we just lost Tom fucking Petty

Those who get the gift

Also seem to get the drugs


I’m on my

One hitter quitter

But fuck the drugs

The world needs more hugs


The world needs more Princes

And Hayden Kennedys


Cried for that dude too

Both of those dudes

And for Inge Perkins too


Prince gave us purple rain,

Raspberry berets and pancakes

And Hayden showed us grades don’t matter

But only love and heart matter


I’ll probably never step to his lines

But I can show some token of thanks in lines


Give me time

I’ll do it all


Well I won’t

But whatever

Is driving

This poetry



We all get born into the world in one way

But we get born another way from the art we parlay

Reading, writing, climbing, singing, dancing, painting

Give us another chance at life

Another chance to believe in life in this

World of strife


Write your poetry and your truth

Even if it only gets like one like

Life’s like this great happen chance

Of circumstance


And you.

You are here.

To inspire

Someone else.

Luke Mehall is the publisher of The Climbing Zine and author of American Climber. His fifth book, The Desert, is due out sometime in 2019.

Dig the words? Keep the dream alive by subscribing to The Climbing Zine. It’s $19.99 a year for three issues, and $37.99 for two years (six issues). 

About us: The Climbing Zine was started in 2010 by Al Smith III and Luke Mehall. It continues to the day with the mission of representing the true essence of climbing. Our crown jewel is our printed version, but we also do the interweb thing, and Kindle

We have also published five books: Graduating From College MeAmerican ClimberThe Great American Dirtbags , Climbing Out of Bed, and Squeak Goes Climbing In Yosemite National Park (a climbing children’s book) .

Check out our film, Last Thoughts on The Dirtbag, made with Cairns Film. 

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