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Climbing the mountain

Why wait at the bottom?

Contemplating overpowering heights

it’s time to rise upwards:

there’s a mountain

and you must climb.


But what frame of mind is required?

Better to start slightly anxious

than feeling super confident.

Time will work it out.


Each footstep, soft on mossy grass,

gets you nearer the top.

Feel your feet on the rasping earth,

pebbles strewn across your path.


Glance abovecatch a glimpse of the top.

Gather your strength

then you are there

a fantastic destination.

One of four poems written by Charles Jobson in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, West Ealing in September 2017. 

The painting is entitled Mountain view when walking, by the artist and  Debra Collis.

Poem Charles Jobson. For permission to re-use contact  godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. 

Borough of Ealing Art Trail