Everyone through life must journey,
following roads both narrow and wide;
If he travels far enough, finds slippery
slopes as well as dizzying heights.
Every life has turnings, windings
through the nightfall and through light;
beasts sojourn, prowl in our forests,
but landmarks guide, restore our sights.
Every man will sometimes falter,
struggling vainly while ensnared;
mired in bogs, in grime and terror,
needing but his burden shared.
Hillcrests give each man perspective,
show his route from all directions;
give one views behind, beyond, and
point the way to new horizons.
first published in Illinois State Poetry Society
also published in PICTURE HEALING Chapbook
©2007 Bonnie Manion