Higher Ground – A Poem

Introduction: For added inspiration, I wrote this while listening to the Broadway soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King’s “Circle of Life

An unveiled nightmare
turning into a story
of a dark place where
I refuse to be on

this journey to victory

Worn soles pushing
All my weight against
a crumbling mountain
Struggling, I stumble
Grasping, praying as

heavy skies split open

I press my whole body
Against cold wet stone
Panting, I press on
It is my choice to grow

I can see a light beyond

Frozen fingers tighten
as I lift a stoic face
I will not look down
And no wise rain cloud
will dare stand in my way

Gretchen Leary 2013


About Gretchen Venters

I am 36 years old and I live in Montana. God has set my soul on fire to serve others through writing.
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4 Responses to Higher Ground – A Poem

  1. “No wise rain cloud/will dare stand in my way.” Now this is a portrait of strength and perseverance! Good for you. Keep those heels dug in and climb that sucker! Love, Amy

  2. brian miller says:

    a dark place where
    I refuse to be on
    this journey to victory…is where you gripped me…
    also really like that it is a choice…as that is truth….
    climb on…rather inspiring piece…

  3. Reblogged this on myaspiewife and commented:
    Finally someone gets it! Todays youth struggle with situations most people who grew up on yester year never did…and most blame that OB the students themselves. I applaud the fact that tit not only recognize it but try to incorporate that into teaching the children individually!

    Most of the teachers my kids have had, had only complaints that my child didn’t fit in with the way things were done there. If it made their jobs harder, they weren’t interested in accommodating port adapting, only complaining and trying to encourage us to move them somewhere else.

    THANK YOU for going the extra mile!

  4. heidi says:

    Amy has already commented on my favorite line. Look out rainclouds! Kick ass poem, Gretchen.

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