Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Above All Things - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

You climb the mountain to the top,
as perspiration slowly freezes.
Inside your chest your heart screams STOP,
you stand there, swaying in the breezes.

Down in the valley you see houses
and veggie gardens, a small river,
emotion tugs and soon arouses
there, on the summit, a quick shiver.

You wonder why you've climbed the mountain,
left sacred beauty far below.
You could have stayed there, by the fountain,
and, as they say, go with the flow.

Perhaps you could not really see
while in the midst of your routine,
its treasures. Thus the need to flee
into the distant mountain scene.

So stay a while, enjoy the sight
and if the spirits move you to
start your descent while there is light,
accompanied by mountain dew.

And when you've settled in the fold
your thoughts go back to when you stood
above all things, up in the cold,
and, for a moment, it felt good.

Comments about Above All Things by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (10/28/2005 7:57:00 PM)

    First I'm impressed with the beauty of this poem. It really gets the reader on the mountain with you....very nice. Second, I'm impressed with the way you've structured this poem. The double rhyme in each stanza.......now that took time. What a poem! Sincerely, Mary
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  • Ernestine Northover (10/24/2005 1:11:00 PM)

    That's certainly like getting away from it all Herbert, and the views from up there can be wonderful, but you have to be fit! It's definitely much easier descending! Good one. Sincerely Ernestine (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2005 9:19:00 AM)

    Beautiful...the construct of the poem as well as the message. Thanks.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 23, 2005

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