Hannah

One step from falling,

I realized while climbing today.

Sunshine, blue sky, you can see in every direction,

Out to the edge, until the earth falls away.

I enjoy climbing, focused, a single purpose.

The noise, the clutter, the clamor, my hectic day.

My heart beats strong, each breath, each step.

Like an onion, each layer is peeled away.

The sounds of the forest, my boots meeting the ground,

Steady pace, my rhythm found.

Though my motion is forward, I feel rooted in the moment.

The earth holds me close, reminding me I'm part of it all.

Each step I take, there is a decision to make.

Will I move onward, or will I fall.

The clarity of the decision is what draws me here.

It is all so simple, slowly my path winds to the top

While my fears disappear.


A distant mountain range, away to the west

Clouds dot each peak.

The moist air, driven by the wind, deflected, cools, and rests.

They seem to migrate north from the south.

Where are they going, what do they see.

Do they have any control over their destiny.

They've been here since the beginning of time

Each drop that they carry has shaped the earth.

This comfortable rock, this mountain top.

Rivers, valleys, oceans, the great plains and more.

Nature's tools, with patience and skill, her work unfolds.

What a joy it must be to sail at great heights

No cares, no worries, no one to fight.


Up here in the mountains your own clouds float away,

Released, the joy warms your soul, you hear yourself say.

I have so much to be thankful for, people I've met, things gone my way.

Family, friends, events from my past, each plays a part.

Shaping my life, patience and skill, and a lot of luck.

They have all brought me to this place in my life.

Sometimes the road has been hard,

Many missed steps, experience the reward for climbing back up.

The joy that shines out above all the rest,

Hannah, my daughter, hugs me, and tells me I am the best.

Hannah, it means filled with grace, mercy, and prayer,

A child of God, his gift to me, she is my air.

My love for her knows no bound.

So powerful, so complete, try as I may, no words can be found.

As deep as the ocean, as high as the sky, they are nothing

There is no distance to compare, it is impossible to measure.

I only know this, to have a child is the ultimate pleasure.


David Gray