The Saddle

Ridge that barely touches earth
Bridge that arches o’er the blue
Climb too steep for forks or swerves
Time of toiling through and through

The heights I shall not long remain
In dips is where I’ll rise again
A paradigm much tried and true


Colin Lee


2019.01.31thesaddle1.jpgAs a decade-long resident of Ma On Shan (“Saddle Hill” in Chinese), I at last succeeded in summiting the 702 m dormant volcano and the eponymous landmark of our town last weekend. Although Ma On Shan isn’t our tallest mountain in Hong Kong, it’s surely our most challenging for hikers. Therefore, I’m more than grateful for the company of Marcus, my daredevil bestie and a veteran adventurer, as we scaled the deadly cliffs along Ma On Shan’s east ridge together. The peak’s panoramic unreality was every bit glorious to every fibre of our beings after the punishing acclivity.


Having said that, Ma On Shan is not for everyone and is, for safety reason, an officially no-entry area (although, quite ironically, in order to stay safe, one must proceed by “following” the warning signs along the route).

And here goes my somewhat last-minute link-up to dVerse’s quadrille of the week (prompt word “steep”). Cheers.


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    1. Thank you for hosting, Mish. Sorry for the late reply and for ending up missing the poetry trail after all — although having completed a physical trail. Yikes.


  1. The heights I shall not long remain
    In dips is where I’ll rise again

    Super! Love those lines. Saddles are the nexuses of ridgetops. And of life, hope and ascensions, and hang on! Hoping to be on Mt Timpanogas saddle this summer. 🏔

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    1. Really? And to think, we had our honeymoon (part of it) spent very close by on the other side of the M6. I should take a look if I’ll drive past the area again in the future. Thank you for reading, Mr Anderson.

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