Tremulous and wary,
Scarred outcrops, hands do meet,
Risking all for summit,
Chasms at my feet.
Wending way through mire,
Sunken souls abound,
Treading carefully, unknown
Pathways to be found.
Clambering to mountain top,
Paths trod by others past,
Take care and hold on fast.
On hands and knees to grip the way,
Rising then to greet
Peak among the clouds on high,
Accomplishment so sweet.
Faster than ascent of this,
Descent knows clearer rite,
Sliding swiftly, gloriously,
Abandoned safety flight.
Ascent’s a scary business,
Risking life and limb
But touching heaven’s foothills
Makes for worthy aim.
I said I’d never tackle
Such a one again,
Encountering so much pain.
New challenges arise and then
I don my hiking gear,
Embark on death-defying quest,
Inside my heart I cheer
At opposition clearly met,
In honest self-endeavour,
Braver than ignoring them,
Is trying with some fervour.
Sometimes we may not see the crest,
Shrouded so in cloud,
But effort and endurance
May make ourselves feel proud.
Some hardy togs, a hiking staff
And heart of sterner stuff,
Battling on, in adversity,
Often is enough.
24 thoughts on “The Climb”
I absolutely love this sis….gives new meaning to my own uphill struggle….though thankfully I think I’m very near the top now!! Woohoo!! Love you. xxx
There’s a great view! You deserve it. Love you too.x
Okay, I vascillated between thinking this was an actual mountain climb or a metaphorical emotional or spiritual climb. But the great thing is it works for both. I loved the way the tension mounts as you climb. Lovely one, Scottie. Blessings, Natalie 🙂
There was such an actual climb a few years back and I found it challenging in all the ways you describe. It left quite an impact on me. The actual poem is meant to be on all those fronts. Facing one we can face them all. Thank you for reading, Natalie and your lovely comments. 🙂 x
Hi, missy! You are up very early! I’m so glad I figured out the message in your post. It definitely could apply to both kinds of climbs. Life is like that. Good to hear from you. Blessings, Natalie 🙂
I wasn’t actually up yet. I just keep waking in the middle of the night. 😉 You definitely got it.x
You have a rare talent
Thank you for such kind words. They mean a lot. Truly.x
Good – by the way the haggis spaceship is finally done!
I can’t find it. Have you still to post it?x
Look forward to it. :)x
In the highlands? Great imagery Scottie – well done you for finishing and fighting adversities. x 🙂
It was definitely a bit of a one off for me. But, after it was finished, I did feel amazing that I had done it. And it gave me loads to reflect on both during and afterwards. Don’t know that I would choose to do it again though. ;)x
No there are many things we need to try ..just that once…to see if we are capable…glad you conquered lovely 🙂 x
Little conquests every day. :)x
this is true sweet-pea x 🙂
Better get my togs on for today’s mountain. Before I’m late. Blogging before work is not the best idea. ;)x
you wear bathers climbing mountains???? wtf?? 😉 x
My togs are obviously way different to yours. ;)x
yep – togs here are bathers lol – could be an interesting look! 🙂 x
I’ll pass on that for climbing mountains. :)x
Thank you, Kerry. And many congrats to you. :)x
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