Mediocrity might have to do
If ascension joins the few
Why procrastinate and stew?
Journey’s start with single step
Steady work and promise kept
Others climbed while I have slept
Making me feel quite inept
From the mountain you’ll look back
To clouds of doubt and courage lack
Rocky slopes and storms of black
Will appear along the track
Success is grand, the view is great
Ignore the comments others make
Fuel the fire each step to take
Find for yourself…just what’s at stake
So take the plunge, start the trail
Don’t let sidelined friends derail
Goals just waiting to prevail
You will succeed…you will not fail!
Brett was asked in class to write a poem about climbing the mountain of success. I found it difficult to give him direction or advice on how to, or what to write. Very early in the morning, around 4:30 AM, I wrote this one. I think writing poetry is a bit like climbing the mountain. You start at the bottom, you stumble and work at it and eventually you write things that you yourself enjoy reading. This poem very much came out of my own experience of both the mountain top and also the clouds below. You can also say that it has a spiritual and financial application as well. From the valley to the mountain and back down again the path of life seems to lead. I like to think that no matter where I am in life, the mountaintop is the goal. Looking up where the sunshine, fresh air and great view are. I hope someday that my boys enjoy writing. Beautiful writing and reading are like beautiful music, they seem somewhat timeless.