If I Had Known You Were Listening

by STUART DISCHELL

I would have told you about the ice cave, How the storm on the glacier sent me Where others and animals had been. I would have told you about the ice cave That stank in the thin dark air Where others and animals had been. Even though their bodies were frozen, They stank in the thin dark air, And I could not breathe inside Even though the bodies were frozen And I had my bottled oxygen And I could not breathe inside And I camped out on the mountain And I had my bottled oxygen And the wind left no prints on the snow.