4.09.2015

A Drop in the Ocean

The ride up was arduous -
a royal (& literal) pain in the ass.
His legs & lungs burned,
gravity & momentum worked against him...
But he kept his head down,
kept pedaling, one breath at a time,
& he eventually reached the apex of his efforts,
the summit of his struggles.

A break in the trees revealed a sparkling sea beyond the bluff.
The reflecting sunshine gleamed in his eyes
as he looked out at a sailboat journeying onward,
toward a horizon of infinite possibility.

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The bike ride up was daunting & exhausting,
but the struggle was worth the view from the top.
The immensity of the sea
shrunk all of his worries & problems
down to actual size.
Once he took the time to reflect & respect the summit he had climbed,
once he realized how small his place was in this brutal,
yet beautiful world,
& that we're all in this together...
it was all downhill from there. 

44 comments:

  1. Great poem, whether we read it literally or metaphorically. Effort and Nature do help us to see things with hindsight.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Gabriella!

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    2. Saya sangat bersyukur atas rahmat yg diberikan kepada saya dibulan ini karna alhamdulillah melalui MBAH RAWA GUMPALA saya sekaran sudah bisa sukses atas nomor yg diberikan kepada saya dan saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW dari singapur yg gajinya tidak pernah mencukupi kebutuhan keluarga saya dikampun dan alhamdulillah berkat bantuan MBAH RAWA GUMPALA kini saya sudah bisa pulang kampun,saya bersama keluarga dikampun sudah punya usaha sendiri dan saya tidak pernah menyanka kalau saya bisah seperti ini,jika anda ingin seperti saya silahkan hubungi MBAH RAWA GUMPALA di nomor 085-316-106-111...karna alhamdulillah saya menan nomor togel dari MBAH dan kalau uang indonesia 750 juta,,ini bukan rekayasa dari saya dari IBU RISKA.untuk lebih lenkapnya silahkan buka SITUS MBAH RAWA GUMPALA












      Saya sangat bersyukur atas rahmat yg diberikan kepada saya dibulan ini karna alhamdulillah melalui MBAH RAWA GUMPALA saya sekaran sudah bisa sukses atas nomor yg diberikan kepada saya dan saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW dari singapur yg gajinya tidak pernah mencukupi kebutuhan keluarga saya dikampun dan alhamdulillah berkat bantuan MBAH RAWA GUMPALA kini saya sudah bisa pulang kampun,saya bersama keluarga dikampun sudah punya usaha sendiri dan saya tidak pernah menyanka kalau saya bisah seperti ini,jika anda ingin seperti saya silahkan hubungi MBAH RAWA GUMPALA di nomor 085-316-106-111...karna alhamdulillah saya menan nomor togel dari MBAH dan kalau uang indonesia 750 juta,,ini bukan rekayasa dari saya dari IBU RISKA.untuk lebih lenkapnya silahkan buka SITUS MBAH RAWA GUMPALA

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  2. I like the idea of the ride up...and the journey to infinite possibilities can only be reached by pedaling upward!

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  3. I love the insights ~ Sometimes we need to see the bigger picture so that everything else pales in comparison and it doesn't look so difficult after all ~

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  4. big bike fan here - so this was cool. few things are as disheartening as riding up as far as you can see and then seeing the road go ever up. However you're right cresting the top puts things into perspective.

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    1. Oh I know, that's the worst. But the view at the top is always worth the uphill struggle.

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  5. The harder we work, the sweeter the reward. Cresting that hill and seeing all the endless wonderfulness right in front of you.

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    1. You got it. Thanks for the comment, Hayes.

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  6. that is so true that things look different from another perspective and if we manage to get into a bit of a distance to our problems with a bikeride or sth. like that

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  7. I agree with the others--distance helps perspective greatly.

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  8. All is perspective. A salient reminder.

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  9. Interesting use of literal and metaphorical, synonyms - I think somewhere between the two there is a perfect poem there...

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    1. Read into it however you like. Thanks for the comment, Marina!

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  10. you certainly capture the moments in this... life a struggle

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    1. It is, but it's all worth it in the end.

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  11. Worth it for sure. Quite nicely done, Alex!

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  12. Life presents us with challenges every day - and sometimes we do look up to see where we are and how far we have come - nice, Alex.

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  13. I like to walk (I'm not a biker) to high places and it is true that your worries and fears do shrink when you are faced with the immensity of what you see.

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  14. It's healthy to step away from things and view them from a different... I think this fits with my dverse intro.... smiles. Great write

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    1. Lol I think it fits! Motivation comes from the most random things. Like riding a bike lol. Thanks for the comment, Anthony.

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  15. To rest at the apex and wait for the thrill of the the downhill.. I like that thought a lot Alex.

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  16. This built its way up to a wonderful smile.
    Love these lines:
    "the immensity of the sea
    shrunk all of his worries & problems
    down to actual size"

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment.

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  17. I love this. It drew me in instantly and the end did make me smile. I guess once we reach that proverbial top of self-realization, the rest is a breeze. Lovely witing. I don't think I've ever visited you before. Glad I did today.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Myrna! & thanks for the visit, hope to see you again!

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  18. A spectacular view can, indeed, put your place in the world in perspective--especially if you've had to work hard to enjoy it. This is a great metaphor for personal achievement.

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  19. As a bike rider I can insert myself into this poem. The fresh breeze at the top and the immensity of the world does give us a good perspective. It is good to be reminded of it too, our relationship to the greater entity of the earth and humanity. I like the way you coasted to the end :)

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    1. Glad you could relate! Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Shoulder to the wheel, calf to the pedal, biceps to the iron; staying focused until our blood is stirred; then the pause to reflect, savor & enjoy; ah, yes, all in this piece & more; cool.

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  21. reminds me of cycling in the mountains...a few passes where I climbed 1500 meters over the course of 20 kms. Brutal pedalling up, but the sense of triumph at the top made it all worthwhile.

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    1. That's right, the view at the top & the perspective it grants makes it all worth it. Keep climbing!

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  22. Interesting poem and there are many ways to get to the top of a mountain..whether we bike, walk, drive or climb that mountain. It can be internal or external..one pedal/step at a time. On a mountaintop one can breathe inhale/exhale..the view can be amazing...sometimes life is about perspective..but what do I know.

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