Assertions echoing lift my heart
Giving me the idea that I am not alone,
That together we will shoulder the burdens
To pursue this task with vigour.
All too soon, the echoes die to silence
Their emptiness fading into the chasm of dreams.
I realise that there is no-one else here but me.
Do I struggle on, alone? Trying
To straddle too many trails? Burden
Growing heavier by the day? Hoping
Against all hope that this uphill climb will end?
That one day, I will walk with renewed strength?
Or do I lay down my burden and build a fire?
Cast my aspirations into the flames of reality
And watch them burn into ash; drift away
With smoke that disappears on the wind -
And sighing, pick my way back down through the rocks
To the plains once more. Leaving behind
Charred hope smouldering into nothingness.
No. I will not quit. I will keep faith
in this journey that is set before me.
I will ask for strength.
And pursue a trail to the heights
That my compass is true.
That my map has not led me astray.
To enjoy the wild untamed beauties
Of this difficult ascent.
I will walk once more
in peaceful valleys,
The clear streams that flow
from this mountain.
And I will smile with remembrance
that though I stumbled
I made it through.
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