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My favorite poem, by E. E. Cummings. I like the rhythm, the interruptions, I like that trees and roots and the sun are called upon to paint love. I like the idea that when you have the strong hope you’ll meet the person who is right for you, you are carrying this hope like a flame, you are carrying the hope of their heart. And when you meet them it is like coming home because they’ve been in you the whole time.

[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]

By E. E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Found here

Extrait de l’interview de l’alpiniste et guide de Chamonix Lionel Terray (1921-1965) par Paris Match suite à sa participation à la premiere ascension du Jannu (7710m, Nepal) en 1962:

-Vous vous intitulez un « conquérant de l’inutile ». Expliquez-vous.

-Evidemment monter sur un sommet ne sert à rien. C’est un lieu commun. Mais qu’existe-t-il d’utile vraiment en dehors de…la culture des patates. Ce qui me pousse vers les sommets, c’est tout simplement ce secret besoin qu’éprouve chaque homme d’échapper à la bassesse de sa condition d’animal rampant. Quant au risque, je ne le cherche pas. Au Jannu, nous avons tout fait pour être « raisonnables dans l’irraisonnable ». Mais quand on a entrepris quelque chose, il faut aller jusqu’au bout.