Spirit of the Mountain

We climb, but not because the mountain is there
But because there is great joy in climbing
We climb, not because we want to conquer the peaks
But because we want to test our own limits
We climb, not because ascending is easy or direct
But because it is a struggle that strengthens us

The summit is wherever we want to go
Knowing that we will have to work to get there
The summit is whatever we dream of becoming
Knowing that every step we take brings us closer
The summit is however we envision a better world
Knowing that all change begins with us

We rest, not because we are defeated
But because we like to savour the view
We rest, not because we are weak or soft
But because we respect the rhythms of life
We rest, not because we wish to stop
But because we plan to go on even longer

The mountain is every barrier before us
Knowing that our body can rise to the challenge
The mountain is every opportunity ahead
Knowing that our mind is a source of great power
The mountain is every aspiration we nurture
Knowing that our spirit is the crucible of creation

Wayne Visser © 2018


Wishing Leaves: Favourite Nature Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together nature poems by Wayne Visser, celebrating the diversity, beauty and ever-changing moods of our planet. The anthology includes many old favourites like “I Think I Was a Tree Once” and “A Bug’s Life”, as well as brand new poems like “Monet’s Dream” and “The Environmentalist”. Then as we turned our faces to the moon / Our hands entwined, our hearts in sync, in tune / We felt the fingers of the silken breeze / And made our wishes on the falling leaves / A gust of wind set off a whispered sigh / Among the trees that leaned against the sky.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.