Sue Vincent’s #write photo

Fear watched in awe
Mist of doubt dissipated
As he climbed up dauntless
Talking only to his mettle

Friendly talk fell apart
At the speed he sustained
Daggers drawn at everyone
Knocking rivals down

Climbing upon carcasses
Swinging on subterfuge
Intoxicated by a vial of venom
In pursuit of self-glorification

Could a menacing sky dissuade him?
Could Earthly shackles restrain him?
Even woods and waterfalls
Couldn’t persuade him

Not a moment of reflection
As summit beckoned him
He knew zenith was waiting
Just for him

Alone he stood, friendless,
Captive at the top of the world!
Contrite at his truimph
Success comes at a price!
Β© Balroop Singh, July 2018

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38 thoughts on “Summit

  1. This is a very meaningful poem, Balroop. I agree with you that success can come at a high price.

  2. A dramatic climb.. Those who endeavour must often pause to see how far they have travelled and to be careful for they often meet those they brushed aside upon their descent.
    A wise poem Balroop. πŸ™‚

    1. Well, such people only think of peaks and when they have to come down, they just fall headlong! Thank you for coming over Sue, hope your hibernation is over. πŸ™‚

      1. I am a bit like the hedgehog who has now taken up residence in my hedgehog home provided.. Who sleeps all day and comes out when its dark.. He Hibernates throughout the winter.. I think I may well be the opposite, but I will keep poking my nose out and sniffing the air.. And depending on mood, I will keep resurfacing lol.. I have found a new sense of ‘Freedom’ πŸ™‚ I loved my time here Balroop, always do.. ❀

    1. Thank you Jill, you are absolutely right. When I look at my work and read my words, I wonder…did I write all this! It is only when we overcome the challenges that we know our potential and strength. πŸ™‚

  3. I often wonder if people who are task masters ever think about the pitfalls of making their choices? While we may think about what they are losing, it may not be their choice in the first place. I guess it is all about our different choices and mindsets. May be some day they may see our point and may be not….
    Excellent words. I liked last two lines because they show the other side of a coin.

    1. Rightly said Arv, choices make all the difference. What may be a loss for one person could be a stepping stone for another. I don’t think crusaders think about the negative consequences and that is their strength. I think a day comes when they have to answer some self-introspective questions but once again the mindset prevails. πŸ™‚

  4. So many layers within this poem, Balroop. Climbing to the top and reaching our goals can be a slog. Sometimes it can come at a cost. It’s also easy to let out ego get to out head at times…the line ‘in pursuit of self-glorification’ made me think of that. Sometimes maybe we can live with the sacrifices and enjoy success in solitude. But we’ve got to ask ourselves if this is really what we want. Maybe. So be it. Another great write 😊

    1. I am glad to note that you could read through the layers of this poem Mabel. Yes, success demands its pound of flesh but it also depends on the kind of definition you believe in! Those who are eager to reach the top don’t ask themselves any questions…they just zoom forward at all costs. Many thanks for sharing your perspective. Stay blessed.

  5. Powerful, Balroop. We better make sure that we truly want what awaits us at the top. So many get there and realize that it wasn’t what they thought it would be, or that the sacrifices along the way weren’t worth it. Beautifully told.

    1. Who makes sure what he is looking for and what he is going to discover! Such is the power of insanity to succeed. Thanks for your kind words Diana.

    1. Thanks for understanding it so well Lisa…no wonder we both focus on people and relationships. I don’t think such a success is worth any value. But opinions differ. πŸ™‚

  6. Powerful words, Balroop. Goals are important to strive for, but sometimes, reaching the top isn’t the best outcome when looking at the big picture. It all depends on the individual, situation, goals, and the desires. It’s interesting reading the other comments, and ironically, politics came to mind after my first read of your wonderful poem. Thought-provoking, no doubt! πŸ™‚

    1. It is lonely at the top Lauren and once you reach there, coming down is either a self-failure or disgrace. This poem reminds me of a colleague who did just the same and fell headlong, politicians too are at the mercy of many who treat them as puppets. πŸ™‚

  7. Some people will do all they can to succeed, whatever it costs them. Sometimes the price is not worth what you left behind.
    Very nice poetry with a powerful message inside Balroop.

  8. Success does indeed come with a price. I felt the struggle of this man. I can relate, nothing has ever come easy for me, but the hard work is worth it in the end. Beautiful and insightful poem, Balroop! πŸ˜€ xx

    1. Thank you Vashti for standing by to read and share your reflections about success. It has many definitions and changes its form with each individual. Stay blessed dear friend. πŸ™‚

  9. Very well-written. I specially love these lines:

    ‘Alone he stood, friendless,
    Captive at the top of the world!
    Contrite at his truimph
    Success comes at a price!’

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