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K2

A mountain called K2, aka Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori, the second-highest peak in the world. Its name alone, as described by Italian climber Fosco Maraini:

... just the bare bones of a name,
    all rock and ice and storm and abyss.
It makes no attempt to sound human.
It is atoms and stars.
It has the nakedness of the world
    before the first manĀ —
        or of the cindered planet
            after the last ...

(cf. True Names (2003-10-16), The Belay (2004-04-10), ...) - ^z - 2017-02-22