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Climbing Mt Hope

I reach the edge of the woods
and glimpse
the summit:
high, far –
and daunting.

I must not look up too much,
for I might lose courage.

I need patience,
to string steps 
on the thread of my breath
and trust
that I will arrive.

But every now and then, I shall pause
and look backwards
to see
how far I have come.

July 9, 2018

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Date: 8/25/2018 8:11:00 AM
Life is about taking paths. Walking into that great unknown called the future. Question is- does one do so eyes opened or eyes closed. Love this deep poem, especially the closing.. A fav...
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 8/27/2018 4:21:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words, Robert.
Date: 8/7/2018 9:35:00 AM
Back to congratulate you again! Well done!
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Date: 8/5/2018 3:44:00 PM
Congratulations Agnes.I love the title and the words echo it. A nice inspirational piece.Thank you.
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Date: 8/5/2018 3:26:00 PM
Back to congratulate you on your top wIn in this contest Agnes. You know how highly I regarded this lovely piece. : )
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Date: 8/5/2018 12:13:00 PM
Back with congratulations. Did I mention how much I like this piece? ;) xomo!
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Date: 8/5/2018 11:35:00 AM
Congratulations Agnes...
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Date: 8/5/2018 10:53:00 AM
wow amazing poem sweet lady :) I loved every word. Thank you for your participation and congratulations on your top placement. :)-luloo
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Date: 8/27/2018 4:20:00 PM
Thank you very much for my placement. Sorry this is so late - just seeing this now. I am glad you liked my poem.
Date: 8/4/2018 12:04:00 PM
Wonderful write Agnes, too often we second guess our hopes...
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 8/27/2018 4:17:00 PM
Thanks, Charlie.
Date: 7/28/2018 11:48:00 PM
Love this aptly titled poem, Agnes. A FAVE for me.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/30/2018 7:06:00 AM
Thank you, Line.
Date: 7/24/2018 10:48:00 PM
Wow! I absolutely love the breathtaking beauty and spirit of your poem, Agnes. Exquisite poetry, especially your third stanza. A fav! Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/25/2018 2:02:00 AM
Thank you for your kind comment, Susan.
Date: 7/12/2018 8:53:00 AM
Congratulations on your #1 win! What a great message. And both real and symbolic. Enjoyed.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/25/2018 2:01:00 AM
Thank you, Susan.
Date: 7/12/2018 12:18:00 AM
It will surely be a wonderful feeling when you reach the summit, Agnes. A wonderful verse. Congratulations on your win in the contest. T.J
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/25/2018 1:59:00 AM
Thank you, T. J.
Date: 7/11/2018 9:55:00 PM
Lovely and symbolic....and a new FAV!
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/25/2018 1:55:00 AM
Thank you, Carole!
Date: 7/11/2018 8:57:00 AM
Well expressed!:0)
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/12/2018 9:08:00 AM
Thank you, Richard.
Date: 7/10/2018 6:41:00 PM
to string steps on the thread of my breath What a gorgeous phrase. And I love how you ended this one, as always!
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/10/2018 6:57:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea. I was actually writing this *while* climbing up the mountain. I thought about it while walking, and when we rested (which was often necessary since I don't handle high altitude well), I scribbled it down. It felt like my breath was a string that pulled me along, and all I had to do was take step after step after step without giving up.
Date: 7/10/2018 6:40:00 PM
Hi, AGnes, years ago I and some other folks here did contests on Epulaeryu. I have not seen the form used in a long time! Not that great of a form, but it's easy to do.
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Date: 7/10/2018 3:57:00 PM
Such a positive poem, and i like the feel of being taken there, when reading this gem.
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Date: 7/10/2018 4:01:00 PM
Thank you, Harry.
Date: 7/10/2018 3:48:00 PM
This poem borders on the divine Agnes! Superb writing my friend. Congratulations on your wonderful win! : )
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
Thank you so much, Connie. This means a lot to me.
Date: 7/10/2018 3:35:00 PM
Well done! I liked the last line a lot. Congratulations.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/10/2018 3:58:00 PM
Thank you for your visit and congrats, Haley.
Date: 7/10/2018 12:04:00 PM
A FAVE, Agnes. Congrats on your gold medal win.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/10/2018 2:31:00 PM
Thank you, Line.
Date: 7/9/2018 11:29:00 PM
I like your poem. It has so much: Purpose, pressure, perseverance, progress, perspective and pleasure. (I tried to find a word for hope that begins with a "p". "Pencouragement" might work for poets.)
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/10/2018 2:28:00 PM
Thank you, Jim. Are you still writing, or are you too busy this summer? Haven't seen any poems by you in a while.
Date: 7/9/2018 6:23:00 PM
Hi Agnes.. Another day, another airport. So how do I fight the long sit and wait? Your incredible write of course! You made my delay sing with your creativity!! Come see me if you get a chance.. I'm releasing a secret!
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Date: 7/9/2018 6:59:00 PM
That's what I do...
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/9/2018 6:28:00 PM
Sounds like you have to travel a lot. Thanks for visiting. I enjoyed your muse poem.
Date: 7/9/2018 4:43:00 PM
I like this very much, Agnes. A testament to striving to reach one's goals. It reads sincere and true. Nice write.
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Date: 7/9/2018 6:24:00 PM
Thank you so much, Dale.
Date: 7/9/2018 2:35:00 PM
I choose to interpret this as a metaphor, Agnes, although it could be taken literally. Splendid either way. I love the positive message.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/9/2018 6:20:00 PM
Thanks, Daniel. As I was experiencing it literally, I felt that this also serves metaphorically. I am glad you saw the metaphor.
Date: 7/9/2018 2:07:00 PM
Very steps counts...forward ever backwards never...only a small review required...Nice write Agnes... All the best
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 7/9/2018 6:16:00 PM
Thank you, Arturo. It always astonishes me that by putting step in. front of step, one finally does reach what seemed so far away
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