Friday, July 27, 2012

The Other Side


Our journey is set, we have everything
we need; our way is mapped out. We don’t
see the mountain ahead until we crash
head on into it.  All of a sudden we are climbing.

scared and alone, injured
and without a compass. We toughen up or
we die.  We can give up or keep going but
we'll never be the same carefree wanderers we were.

We will bear these scars forever.
One day we find ourselves on the other side
of that range and though the steps are easier, we
are forever changed. We know now

that the road may be smooth, the scenes
serene; but tomorrow
there could be another mountain,
an ocean to cross, or a valley to traverse. 

11 comments:

Victoria said...

Yes Judy. This poem is right. You write as one who has "seen the elephant". We can't know tomorrow.

Mary said...

So true, Judy. We don't see the mountains well when we are on the flat land. After we encounter them we have to find our way to survive. It is the only choice we have.

Peggy said...

Lovely metaphor Judy. The way you wrote this pulled me right in. So many have to learn to hike those steep trails--and the experience makes you stronger if it doesn't kill you.

Willow said...

Excellent, Judy.

Lynne said...

Very strong poem, Judy. Such a lesson for each of us to live each day the best we can. We just never know. I've seen you traverse that mountain and you've become a stronger woman with each step.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I have to confess that I look forward to the day when there are no more mountains, oceans or valleys!

becca said...

such is life but I must admit I dream of a day when there re no obstacle to over come

Kim Nelson said...

This is one of your best, Judy, a testamant to living and learning.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Judy,

Such is the journey and many paths of life, upon which we find ourselves. Sometimes prepared, and more often not.
An excellent piece of writing.

Thank you for your visit to my Blog and your kind comments.

Eileen

KB said...

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger for sure.

Jinksy said...

One day at a time is the way to go... :)