The Climb

The Climb

The climb steep
and laborious
Each footstep
begged the question
Why?
A decision
not made lightly
Thought given
carefully
knowing a price
would be paid
for overworked
extremities 


When not one
more breath
could be drawn
Nor one more
bead of sweat
would dampen
the skin
the terrain changed
The pinnacle
had been reached 
and the vista a sight
for sore eyes
and limbs


A carpet
of purple heather
Regal in color
and luxurious
in its density
Swaying gently,
leaning into
the summer wind
A gasp of surprise
Aches and pains
a distant memory
as the prize
is claimed



Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Sue Vincent’s Weekly Write/Photo

  19 comments for “The Climb

  1. July 5, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Such a metaphor for life’s struggles, beautifully penned.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you VJ. Yes it is a metaphor. Life’s struggles and rewards are inevitable 🙂

      • July 5, 2020 at 4:59 pm

        True. You are welcome.

  2. July 5, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Lovely poem. Brought back memories of vistas seen one a feared journey to the top of hills or mountains was completed.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Regina. Some things are worth the effort 🙂

  3. July 5, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Well worth the climb and the effort.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Such is life 🥰 Thanks Sadje

      • July 5, 2020 at 4:22 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  4. July 6, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Beautifully written Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      July 7, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Thank you so much Jude ☺️

      • July 7, 2020 at 9:48 am

        Anytime 😊🌼

  5. July 6, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    So beautiful. The nice thing about a real climb is you can get instant visual gratification. The climbs of life are not always so instantly rewarding B-)

    • Christine Bolton
      July 7, 2020 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Jay. Yes that is true. Life is more like a road map where there are some dead ends on the journey. ☺️

  6. July 7, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    The Scottish Hills can look like this..beautiful scene and words.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 7, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      Yes, I love Scotland! ❤️ Thanks for reading

  7. July 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    That is so often what that first sight of heather feels like 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      July 9, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      Yes! Beautiful Heather. With gorse mixed in for some pops of color! 🥰

      • July 9, 2020 at 12:29 pm

        And the scent of both is heaven 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        July 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm

        Indeed it is 🥰

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