Those Steep Stone Steps

forestedstairsThere’s a path in the damp green woods
Where lacy ferns and ivied strands grow
With steep stone steps that stretch toward sky
I know not where they go;
For I’ve never made it to the top
Though I’ve set out upon the hilly trail
Deep within my chest, my heart pounds hard
My hand steadies me upon the rail;
In anticipation I look ahead
My anxiety, I fear, I can’t contain
I assure myself the end is closer
I breathe deep, ascend again;
In truth I cannot see the end
I know I’ve lost my way
The time to abandon has come
Postpone until another day.

© photo and poem by Pamela Ferris-Olson
February 8, 2014

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6 thoughts on “Those Steep Stone Steps

    1. Thank you kind sir. I am grateful that felt sufficiently moved to leave a message. I hope you will visit often. May peace be with you too.

    1. Alice,
      Your continuing words of encouragement give me the energy to climb those stairs, one step at a time.

  1. What a lovely image and poem. For me they represent the metaphorical climbs required by life’s challenges, and the hard yakka of physical climbs. Recovering from heart bypass surgery, I am experiencing both, and I know, even if I do have to pause along the way, I shall reach the top and rejoice at the achievement. Thank you, LITHL

    1. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Thank you for the kind words regarding my poem and photo. It does my heart good to know that you enjoyed both and that my message was clearly received. It is not the speed with which one climbs that is worth measure. It is the chance to pause along the way and gaze at the view and one’s progress that is the real value of the climb.

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