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Climbing mountains while dreaming of beaches

November 15, 2012
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Edging my way with ice underneath far above the crumbled rock below

I feel as though I may fall if  I move yet I press on

I felt so overwhelmed when I was low

staring up to the endless top

Yet I stepped on

Up I go it’s so cold now

I feel the want to stop

but if I do I know that I’ll quit

And  I may never reach the top

Oh how I wish that I was laying on a beach with warm sand

and the thunderous sound of water crashing close at hand

But I am climbing up farther than ever before

and I ‘d bet that the seagulls on that beach would see me and soar

Just a little bit further and I’ll reach the top

I must not drift off for I fear it  may cause me to stop

But the kids are playing on that nice warm beach

And the top has been too far of a travel and out of my reach

Focus! I must press on

Climbing the last step I now stand

on something that I could not explain how grand

but the world seems small from where I do now perch

the top is mine…no longer do I search

beaches could not compare to the sweetness of this thin air

I am so high above the ground that many will never be

most people will not have this view

they will have to settle for a beach by the sea.


45 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2010 1:43 am

    This is so refreshing…
    love the image,
    dynamic, fun, and brilliant piece.
    well done!

  2. October 12, 2010 2:12 am

    Thank you Jingle for your kind comment I have posted it on your rally
    here is the link:

  3. October 12, 2010 2:19 am

    oh holy cow…yikes..eeek. You are a far better man than me Gunga Din.
    Terrified of heights-I’ll keep my toes warm on the baech while watching you climb to the heavens! Great poem!

    • October 12, 2010 11:09 am

      LOL! I guess that’s the smartest route for you then. If you can’t climb with the goats then stay off their rocks, but remember fear is the uncertain thought that is in our heads and there is no greater feeling than overcoming it.

  4. October 12, 2010 3:56 am

    Nicely done…the poem takes the reader on the climb to the top. Thanks for adding to Potluck 🙂

    • October 12, 2010 11:14 am

      Thank you for reading…sometimes we all have a long climb to get there.

  5. meeti batra permalink
    October 12, 2010 4:51 am

    this is so true as of our life n spiritual journey
    v gt tired at times
    wanna lay down but thn r triggered dat v r amongst those few chosen ones to reach the top
    morever the sweet result of goin deeper motivates boosts us n energises us to keep movin

    • October 12, 2010 11:18 am

      It might be easier just to quit and go do something else but then your life is stifled by giving up. Always keep climbing. Thank you for reading.

    • October 12, 2010 5:35 pm

      @meeti batra
      I would gladly visit your site but I can not find it Please post if you have one.

      • meeti batra permalink
        October 13, 2010 3:48 am

        m nt as talented
        cnnt write bt definetely m attached to diff blogs whre i read n discuss so tht cn get more to drink this nectar

  6. October 12, 2010 12:32 pm

    What a beautiful one. That image is so breathtakingly beautiful.. very well written.. Oh yes, not many may get to enjoy that view.. Thanks for sharing-

    Happy Potluck- xoxox

  7. danroberson permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:44 am

    I like the way you combined beaches and mountains. While climbing you still kept your feet on the beach through the gulls, the children, and those who will never see the world from the top of a mountain. Great job!

  8. October 13, 2010 6:20 am

    My life has been a constant upward climb. Challenging, but I hope that somewhere ahead there is an hiatus to catch my breath…

    • October 13, 2010 11:12 am

      The choice to catch your breathe is yours if you are bold enough to take it. Remember this life is yours not theirs…Define it by living it your way!

  9. October 13, 2010 4:12 pm

    a very beautifully written poem. seems you know something about climbing a mountain.

  10. October 14, 2010 9:21 pm

    You did a great job of sharing the experience of mountain climbing. I drive up and down CA often and broke down at the foot of Mt. Whitney in August. While waiting for parts, got to meet a lot of climbers including one “old” guy who’d just completed his 47th climb of Whitney. Impressive.

    • October 14, 2010 11:06 pm

      I’ll tell an adventure I had climbing one of these days when I have time. That sure is some beautiful country over that way!

  11. October 16, 2010 7:22 am

    only the ones who reach the top admire the best view of the world one can get! 🙂 the emotions behind the mountain climber’s mind is so beautifully expressed here, and it relates so well to life and its climb too! Lovely one 2Z point!

    Morning Mist – My Potluck

    • October 18, 2010 2:43 pm

      Absolutely right Leo! and that was the encouraging message I was aiming for…I thank you for your feed back and I enjoy reading your work as well!

  12. October 16, 2010 12:26 pm

    I have fear of heights. Had me on the edge with this one. What an adventure …

  13. October 16, 2010 8:15 pm

    help visit Talon to wish her a happy birthday today,

  14. October 22, 2010 1:48 am

    Really not sure…would help if I could but have no idea.

  15. November 2, 2010 9:09 am

    Hi, for some reason when I place your feed into google reader, it won?t work. Can you give me the RSS link just to be sure I?m using the most appropriate one?

    • November 2, 2010 11:30 am

      I am not sure what causes it to work or not but I believe that it is because I have not had the Google web master to re-verify my site… I will look at it when I get back home and see if I can correct the problem.

  16. November 3, 2010 12:29 pm

    I don’t know about smart…but I do know that some people are watching out for me and I am thankful for them. I am also thankful to be so blessed in this life. Peace be with you.

  17. November 4, 2010 5:46 pm

    I have sent you an email giving permission… so long as you give credit where it is due. Thank you for asking and peace be with you.

  18. November 5, 2010 12:36 am

    My venture began with the Green Mountains many weeks ago
    Then mountain fever was released as I had more to go
    From the Adirondacks, Catskills, Petersburg Pass, Heldebergs and more
    I was on a roll for destiny as I seen no more doors
    After 5 I had conquered all laid to rest
    Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts was the one to past the test
    With footage of over 3491 feet above sea level seen
    It is Now in the memory books as a few days ago it was the last being
    But a couple more before winter will do the trick
    As once again I get mountain fever that does not make me sick I have climbed 6 mountains in 6 weeks at 56 years years old and no stopping me in doing anything as NOW I AM ALIVE with Universal gap energy from my SOUL!!!!!…enjoy 2zpoint
    Dom* 🙂

    • November 5, 2010 1:11 am

      That’s what I’m talking about! 56 years young and ALIVE HAHAHAHA! yes my friend some people don’t know that feeling and some people never will but I do from many different things and my hat is off to you! You should read my story “An 11 year old’s rock climbing tale” this was just the start but life is full of adventure once a person knows how to live. Congratulations on your extraordinary feats!

      • November 5, 2010 11:51 pm

        thanks…I live a subjective reality within the Soul I have found that was always with me and I have not stopped yet…as I have 1 more mountain to achieve before it gets dark around here as the last one I climbed the trail markings were not that great and I do not bring nothing with me but me in a sweatshirt, hiking boots and a pair of jeans and keen eye sight in the light…hiking stick provided by a dead branch from Mother Nature…looking at two sometime this week…Green Mountains beyond the Harmon Hills, this one I climbed or something might be in the Adirondacks that is close by I can get to and do it…enjoy as well(+)
        Dom* 🙂

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  20. November 5, 2010 8:22 am

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  21. November 6, 2010 7:49 am

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  23. November 17, 2012 8:40 pm

    Keep on hangin’ on, Stuart.
    You’re just the man for the job!

    Peace, bro 🙂

    • November 22, 2012 1:07 am

      Sorry about the slow reply. I was in Devine, Tx with no wifi. I hope that you have a great Thanksgiving! I’ll be herding cows tomorrow it seems…they went through a fence. I guess I’ll either work up an appetite, run off what I did eat, or drown my sorrows in food if I don’t get it done due to the buffaloes! Peace to you Brother!

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