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Life Journey Poem: The Climb


I can feel the sun upon my back

My heart pounding from my exertions

Yet I climb on


Further up the mountain I go

The pack of memories carried with me

Until I stop


Gazing back from my vantage point

I have an eagle's eye view

Of paths taken


The path there I would have chosen

But left to chase another dream

Meant to be


I see that trail was a dead end

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Thankfully I veered off track after all

To solid ground


A path I took in confusion

That led to unparalleled knowledge

And newfound wisdom


From here the paths are easily seen

Winding and meeting to form the crossed

Paths of my life


Had I not taken that certain road there

I never would have come to that point just there

The road taken


The trail of tears where in fear I fell

On the rocks of heartache and desperation

Led to a clearing


The way is marked where I started again

A new path to follow that twisted and turned

Leading me on


Were the paths my choosing or did they find me

All the intersections fate or of my own doing

To guide me home


Each life trail mysteriously combined

Show a path well worn but crystal clear

From here


Plainly I see now the paths I needed to take

Finding along each one that one thing

Part of the whole


Looking back one last time at the winding trail

My life paths morph solid as pavement

Cause and effect


Single stones make up a path short or long

Each step along the path leads to something

No map ever provided


Strung all together the trail becomes clear

Each choice or turn leading to others further along

To form the route


Adjusting the pack, now much lighter

Glancing up, several paths beckon

To climb higher


No matter which one I select going on

I will break through clouds and be able to see

How far I've come


About the Poem The Climb

Oftentimes, people reflect on their lives and wonder how they came to be at a certain crossroad or exactly how they got where they ended up. This can apply to anything in life, be it career choices, our choices of marriage partners or even personal decisions we've made, crises we've lived through.

A path is just that; a means of getting from one place to another and made up of individual stones or paces we take one after the other.

When we start out on a certain path in our life, we don't have the luxury of seeing where our footsteps will lead us. That's the beauty of living. Every decision we make along the way leads us to more paths and so on and so on until by the end of our days, our life is one continuous string of smaller paths we have taken. All combined to make the final trail.

Is it fate that leads us to veer from the original path we had in mind or is it something called destiny? Or is it a certain amount of luck, good and bad, or personal choice?

Whatever twists and turns our lives take and no matter how straight or curved our paths might be, the trail speaks volumes about the life of the person walking the path.

If we but pause once in a while to look back and evaluate how far we've come and how, it's possible to find peace within and courage for the rest of the climb.

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Simplicity4All from Rhode Island, USA on January 06, 2012:

Beautiful writing, I liked the links and picture you used as well. Glad to have found you on here

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on December 09, 2011:

Thanks, Nell - isn't it true though? I always think now "I get it" when I'm grousing about when things don't go the way I think they should. There is always a reason we end up where we do. Thanks for the read.

Nell Rose from England on December 08, 2011:

Hi, this is so true, how many paths could I have taken? small ones that I have forgotten, and of course large ones that make me step back sometimes and think, should I have taken that one? but of course everything about my life would be different now If I had taken the others, great poem, cheers nell

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 26, 2011:

Thanks, Sharyn and I hear what you mean - I'm a firm believer though that no path is the 'wrong' one because it leads us to somewhere else~ Thanks so much for the visit.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on November 25, 2011:

Awesome poem and explanation AK. I have often felt I have taken the wrong paths and yet, I do try to understand and see the reasons why. There are always lessons to be learned on our journey.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 10, 2011:

Thanks as ever, Holle - I find the trick is not to think too much and it just comes to me....some days better than others~~

Holle Abee from Georgia on November 10, 2011:

Well, girlfriend, I didn't know you were such a poet. You always amaze me. Great job! voted up.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 09, 2011:

Hanna - I have to confess what I cannot do - I cannot sing a lick. Not even a note hardly before people start going 'that's enough...please shut up NOW' there you go.

I just love doing things and it is a true blessing that you find beauty in it. I think of this concept so often as it pertains to my life and what I've done and am only happy that I somehow conveyed what I wanted to and it made sense!

Thanks as always for coming to see me and read my ramblings!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 09, 2011:

Wow, Augrey, what can't you do? This poem is beautiful and thought provoking.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 09, 2011:

You are so very welcome!!!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 09, 2011:

Eiddwen - I think my whole life has been an inspiring journey for me anyhow~~~ Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by!

Eiddwen from Wales on November 09, 2011:

So beautifully written and an amazing and inspiriing journey.

I loved this one and thank you for sharing.


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 08, 2011:

Thanks, Om for your comment and glad to see you too~~

Om Paramapoonya on November 08, 2011:

Beautiful! I love it. I think lots of people can certainly relate to this poem. It has happened to most of us. So glad to see you back on HP. =D

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 07, 2011:

Thanks Prasetio - I so appreciate your kindness and nice to see you again as well.

Cherylone - Thanks so much for enjoying the poem and your lovely comment.

Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on November 07, 2011:

I very much enjoyed your poem. The picture it gives of a mountain climb with visuals of the pathways we did or did not take is beautiful. Voted up.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 07, 2011:

Hi, Audrey. Good to see you again and you come up with amazing poem. I thought it was beautiful journey. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up!


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 07, 2011:

Sweethearts2 - Thanks so much for your comment as well. Indeed, life is made up of both the good and the bad and I think it helps to reflect on them from time to time and move on.

Gail - You are too kind. Thanks so much for your wonderful support and your intelligent remarks. Life is a trail we just have to keep hiking along no matter what paths we take or have taken and climbing to the top is definitely worth the climb.

Thanks again for all the votes up, folks but mostly the support!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on November 07, 2011:

Dear Audrey,

What a beautiful poem and metaphorical climb that reflects the paths we take or could have taken but didn't. I love how you put this all together so that we could see the landscape of choices behind us and be encouraged and also inpired to climb higher straight up towards heaven.

You are a gifted poet and writer and I'm so glad you're posting your writing on Hub Pages again and entering the contest in different categories. Voted up across the board except for funny.

sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on November 07, 2011:

Very inspiring to take that look back and really appreciate what was accomplished, along with mix of pleasure and fear that brings us to where we are. Voted up, as well.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 06, 2011:

Rosemay50 - Thanks so much for your thought provoking comment, too! Really and truly we never know where we're headed but I am a firm believer the older I get that it all happens for a reason and it's for the 'best'. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment.

Crewman - Thanks so much for stopping by and for enjoying the poem - that makes me very happy. I tend not to try to be 'too deep' most of the time but there are some things I truly believe in and the paths that we take in life (whether by choice and sometimes not) are things I think about a lot. And thanks for welcoming me back - giving it a go and seeing where THIS path leads me~!

Crewman6 on November 06, 2011:

Audrey- Well written and thought provoking. I enjoyed it; the poem will definitely spend some time hovering in my thoughts. Oh, and... Welcome back, it's good to see you writing here again! :^)

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on November 06, 2011:

I love they way you have written this. The road of life certainly veers in many directions, and the paths we choose are not always the right ones, but we can only see this by looking back. But whoknows if we had taken a different path where that one would have evenutally led us.

Awesome poem and the imageis perfect

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 06, 2011:

Thanks so much for the comment, Lambservant. I was trying to get that concept in there so I guess I succeeded~~~ I always think that sometimes it's easier to look backwards and see what you couldn't see while you were doing the actual climbing or going through it and I'm of the mind that it all makes sense - in the end. Thanks again for stopping by!

Lori Colbo from United States on November 06, 2011:

Loved this. I like that while climbing you can look back on the paths you could have taken and the one you did. Very creative.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 06, 2011:

Gary - thanks for the visual comment there - good thoughts! I'll second that emotion and cheers back at you! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Gary Eby from Cave Junction, Oregon on November 06, 2011:

Wonderful, inspirational poem. Here's to climbing one mountain at a time, with the right tools, and hopefully with a partner to watch your back. Peace and Light....Gary.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 06, 2011:

Barbara - Thank you for your insightful comment - that is indeed true - some people have a hard time taking chances or other paths and that is a pity. I understand why because it is frightening sometimes and some people just don't seem equipped to deal with that. I for one though am happy that I took a few chances and odd paths here and there - it ended up turning out more than okay and I learned so much! Again thanks for all your kudos and your votes up!

Pamela - Good for you, too, pal! If you think of it, send me your links and I'll be happy/thrilled to read yours too. I may get them in my 'digest' that I just turned back on though - hopefully so. Thanks for your kind comments as well and missed you!!

Cagsil - Thanks for all the votes up - life is a continuous path and I do believe some of it is not of our chosing but then where we go with the path we were set on can make all the difference in the world. Thanks for the votes up, too and your kind comment.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on November 06, 2011:

I like the analogy of life to climbing a mountain and only seeing clearly from higher up. I wonder how many almost get nowhere because they are so afraid of taking a wrong path they won't take any path at all. Hindsight, or the view from farther up, always helps us understand where we have been, as you have so aptly pointed out. I loved the picture, too. Voted up and everything but funny.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 06, 2011:

It is good to see you back. I came back recently and write somewhat irregularly. I like your poem and explanation for life choices. Rated up girlfriend!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on November 06, 2011:

Very nicely written. Life is truly a journey we can see clearly at times and cloudy at other times. There truly is a lot about the path we walk which isn't seen, but the question is why is it not seen? I'm sure plenty of people cannot answer that question, but I'm not one of the people who needs to have that particular question answered. Voted up! I also marked it awesome - beautiful and interesting. :) Thank you for sharing. :)

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