Friday Fictioneers 1 June 2012: The Conquerer

Yes, I’m early, but this one just inspired this poem.  Of course, I’m speaking about Madison Wood’s Friday Fictioneers.  Want to join in?  Then just click on this link and hop on board.  Madison (who does an amazing job of managing this) has all the info there.  Last week’s was so hard to come up with, but this one just spoke to me. What I wrote, while being over the 100 words asked for (128), is pretty intensely personal.  I hope you enjoy.

The Conquerer

The mountain appeared vertical


Yet she kept moving forward

One foot in front of the other

Trepidation filling each step

She refused to go back

There was nothing for her there

She paused on her jounrey

Amazed at how far she had come

She wasn’t the person that had started the expedition

She wasn’t the person who looked at the mountain with panic

She now placed her feet one in front of the other

No hesitation

No doubt

What she left behind was not to be missed

What lay in front was to be discovered

And when she reached the peak 

She saw only more mountains to climb

She set off on her next journey

With strength, confidence and a smile

Never again the conquered

Forever the conquerer


78 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers 1 June 2012: The Conquerer

  1. Your poem was so good that it gave me chills up and down my spine thinking about you and your new journey. I am so happy to feel the strength surging in you. This was a fitting beginning for what I hope will be an eruption of deeply felt stories this week. Well done.



  2. Your poem is such a good lesson on how to live life right. Press on, climb the mountains, learn and leave behind the past, conquer! Really good. Thanks for the lesson. lol

  3. That was beautiful and filled me with a sense of courage. Always more mountains to climb, for sure, but it does feel good to know you *can*.

    • Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you liked the last line. That’s my favorite as well! Your piece was amazing! So heartfelt. I hope everyone clicks on it and reads! Terrific stuff you have there!

  4. Your FF story is very pretty. Good images. I like it. Life is a ‘journey’ in itself, challenges, often insurmountable. There will always be those ‘mountains’ for us to climb. Giving one another a push and prayer helps us all along on the climb when the paths are rough going. I can related to that. I think we all can. That is the figurative side of our climbs. Here in Colorado we know the literal kind too. Those too were tough climbs. My husband girls and girls have climbed our “Longs Peak”. My youngest has climbed some other ‘fourteeners’ we call them here in Colorado. But they too have known the kind of climbs like you have, with divorce. That is a tough one, I know. Take care.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m familiar with the fourteeners in Colorado, but have, sadly, never climbed any. Divorce is tough, but I’m on my way! New adventures on the horizon!

  5. For many, climbing that first mountain is arduous enough … but then they discover it is but the first of a continuing chain and they quit, either in shame or boastful of their single accomplishment. Not you … the rest not only are a challenge, but you stoically accept them with strength, confidence and (especially telling) a smile. My stories (I wrote two) are not nearly as inspirational or uplifting, but can be found at

    • Thank you so much for coming by and commenting. You’re right – and I don’t plan on quitting and you can’t rest on your laurels. Life is to be lived! Thank you for you kind words….I’m heading over to yours right now. I can’t wait! 🙂

  6. That is how I feel when I’m exercising, which I put off as long as I can, but when I start, it is just putting one foot in front of the other. I am sure you will emerge strong and self-sufficient from your divorce transition. Then you will have to change the name of your blog!

  7. Oh, my. This brought back a flood of unwanted memories. What a beautiful poem. Well done. I, too, went through a horrible divorce and remember using the word “insurmountable” many times. I must print this out.

    You should submit this to a contest or anthology. And you will find true love again. It took me 16 years but we’ve now been married almost 11 years. Good luck to you.

    Mine is here:
    (total opposite of your sweet poem)

    • I loved yours! Totally awesome twist at the end. And thank you for the beautiful comments. Coming from someone who has been published, it means a lot! Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate it!

  8. A good message and nice turns of phrase throughout. Great to see the shift in perspective, in attitude, as the journey is undertaken. I did notice it spelled ‘jounrey’ in that 8th line, but that’s an easy fix. Great job!

    Brian (thanks for your comments on mine)

    • You know, “journey” is one of those words that I mistype ever freaking time! Thank you for catching it. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment! I really enjoyed yours as well!

  9. You early people with your inspiration! I was reading at the very first as if it were the mountain itself moving and then transformed into the woman climbing. It’s early so I know I just sort of ‘went on a trip’ but in both versions (I read it again after a sip of coffee) it’s so true that going back is not an option. Forward is more work, but work is better than stagnation.


    • Isn’t that the truth? Always another mountain, another hill. Some sloping gently, others sharply. But we all have it within ourselves to make those journeys. Thanks for stopping by!

      • I couldn’t agree more.. this tease, that life is. keeps us going, moving forward, even if we stall, it lures us in, in this crazy chase that may not make sense to any one but would mean the world to you and for this we are even ready to fall…

      • Very well said! It is a crazy chase and so many things that we can chase. Part of what is so hard about life is trying to figure out what to chase and what to let pass us by. We have our own rhymes and reasons for chasing what we chase. And if you’re not going full out for something, then is it really worth going after?

      • I Hear you, Just read your recent post… M new in town and just stepping our to find a post office… will try to send the card. it may not be in time… but will keep you posted if i send it out.

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