Ode to Death Hill

There is a very steep climb up the mountain behind where we live which we all affectionately call Death Hill. On Sunday evenings we often have an activity after dinner, and recently we had a talent show at which I gave this poem in loving dedication to the hill we hate.

“Ode To Death Hill”

Jill and Jack set out in black
Death Hill for to conquer.
Jill looked round, espied the mound
and felt her poor heart falter.

Yet sublime they both did climb
and set their minds and faces
up the hill for death to kill
and wine to buy in cases!

Through the shade their path was laid;
the scene was bleak and dreary.
Rocks and roots beneath their boots
made Jill and Jack quite weary.

Yet sublime they both did climb
and set their minds and faces
up the hill for death to kill
and wine to buy in cases!

Before the top they both did stop,
to catch their breath and ponder;
to try to cope and not lose hope,
to keep the path, not wander.

And so, sublime they both did climb
and set their minds and faces
up the hill for death to kill
and wine to buy in cases!

To ‘yond bend their hopes they pinned
that round it might come relief.
Yet steeper still rose that hill
and mocked their hearts belief.

Yet sublime they both did climb
and set their minds and faces
up the hill for death to kill
and wine to buy in cases!

Alas the light, clear and bright
their weak eyes and hearts received.
Jill and Jack threw off their black
and in life through death believed!

For sublime they both did climb
and set their minds and faces
up the hill for death to kill
and wine to buy in cases!

Death Hill

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