On Reaching the Summit


SOLSC Day 16

Some days it was easy;

some days were not so.

We kept moving forward;

going with the flow.

Of course there were setbacks;

false starts on the way.

But we all persevered;

one day by one day.


There were obstacles to overcome;

things we had to go around.

We looked, tried, we experimented;

until a new path was found.

Our hard work and stamina paid off;

one by one we reached the top.

Look up, look out,  and look all around;

not down ’cause it’s a long drop.

Tomorrow we will start our descent;

many days still left to go.

For now let’s all just rest and enjoy;

tomorrow it’s downward-ho.


Congratulations slicers.  We have crested this writing marathon.  Now it is on to the finish line.  Good luck to all.   We can do it.



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41 responses to “On Reaching the Summit

  1. I am so grateful for this slice today! I was having that “oh no, only halfway?!” feeling and wondering if I really had the stamina to make it. But your slice has reframed my perspective: it’s all coasting downhill from here!

    • In years past I have found that sometimes the first half of the month is sometimes the hardest because there are still so many days ahead of us. Now there are more days behind us. A good feeling.

  2. WOW! This perfectly captures this journey. I’m going to print this one out and add it to my quick write poetry in my notebook. Thank you for expressing what so many of us our thinking, in words that we probably would not have found so beautifully.

    • Thank you for the comment. With 31 days in the month I was looking for a halfway point but there isn’t a clear one. I hope this pause at the top might work.

  3. I adore this poem, Bob. You have captured where we are perfectly! (Are you on Twitter? I’d love to tweet out this poem, but I’m not sure if you have a Twitter handle. Would you mind emailing me to lmk. Thanks!)

  4. amyilene

    The cadence of your words feels like the cadence of a steady run…crestingthe hill, for sure

  5. glenda funk

    Your words express what many feel. Yes, to false starts.

  6. What a wonderful poem! You have helped me in letting me know that I am at the summit! Wow! All downhill makes it seem that much more do-able. I also love the “look around but not down” part! Good advice for sure!
    Thank you!

  7. dianeandlynne

    Half way there; just as many days to go, and your poem boosts our spirits to keep on going. Thanks for this today. I was feeling flagged, but now I’m uplifted.

  8. jumpofffindwings

    Such a wonderful (and true) metaphor for our “climb.” Thanks for setting our mutual quest to poetry!

  9. Already half way! Can’t believe it. Nice poem. 🙂

  10. Alice Nine

    You’ve captured the journey… from the summit view. Saving this poem because it can apply to so many journeys. Thanks!

  11. I love the “we” in this poem. “One day by one day” is an excellent advice for all of us.

  12. Thanks for the encouragement! That should keep us going…downward, ho!

  13. Thanks for reminding us how far we have come already!

  14. Cheryl Reynolds

    You captured my feelings exactly. I fell off the wagon Friday night due to some serious dizziness. I posted two today, even though I know I did not follow the posting everyday rule. I knew I needed to post it anyway. Your poem inspired me to continue. Thanks.

  15. Congrats to you BOB!!! I’m going strong now… 😉

  16. We have to stay strong so we don’t tumble down the descent.

  17. Nicely written poem that encourages us. We will make it!

  18. Hooray! I love this celebration of the halfway point. We can make it from here. It’s still “a long drop” but these words can keep us going: Of course there were setbacks;/ false starts on the way./ But we all persevered;/ one day by one day.”

  19. catherinegehman

    Thank you for the inspiration. This is my first year, and I can’t believe I’ve come this far!

  20. Yes, we made it this far and for some of those days I slide in. Your poem is a big aha moment because it depicts the life of a slicer.

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