Life Is Never Solitary (Despite The Hype) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Accomplish – Word of the Day

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Photo: the top of Bluff Knoll, it had been on my bucket list for decades, and with Jon, made it to the top in 2016, an accomplishment relished.

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It looked like this for 80% of the climb, a hard slog.

“Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.”  Marcus Aurelius

 

Life Is Never Solitary (Despite The Hype)

Would you always have it easy street,
or would you face the slough and slope
as opportunity?
Crags as character,
crevasse as challenge,
boulders as mirror to true the Self,
where anger becomes a fading rhetoric,
and tears release without remorse,
with confidence at twenty-twenty.
To place the pitons of trust,
as you negotiate, transversely,
the rugged terrain of relationships,
sometimes forsaken,
sometimes embraced,
while fear merely companions,
urging you on to greater feats,
if you would but grasp the rope,
to finally reach the top,
and see the scope of the venture,
knowing that the accomplishment
is worth everything,
but that it is never a solitary
achievement.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

24 Comments

Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, Mountaineering, poem, quote, self-development

24 responses to “Life Is Never Solitary (Despite The Hype) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Ah, but our egos tell us differently! 🙂

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  2. That was a nice description of life.

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  3. Looks like terrain a mountain goat would relish.
    And yes, we really accomplish nothing totally on our own if we are honest about it. And I don’t think we are meant to.

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  4. What a wonderful experience to share with your son (?). Much like life, it may be arduous, but worthwhile to pause and look over one’s shoulder the distance covered.

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  5. we are mere threads of a closely interwoven tapestry … we are completely interdependent!

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  6. It’s not just the goal but the journey itself is an achievement.

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  7. Yes often the most rewarding views are after the hardest climb. That looks a real thigh tingler of a climb.

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  8. Sometimes it takes two to realize some dreams.

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