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I Want to Climb

I Want to Climb

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Waking up each day
Preparing for the flight
So worried not to lose my grip
So tired of the fight

Holding on with such fear
So tight that I need to calm down
So I loosen my grip to see the sights
Just for a moment I look at the ground

Such splendor all around me
So much to see and do
I forget about my journey

Now my grip on higher sights is gone
Iv'e fallen very low
I look up to where I was before
but I'm too tired to give it a go

But how I yearn to be back to where I was before
Although I can't see ...it's not clear
I remember how I felt while there
My strength layered with fear

It's too hard to make the climb again
So much easier to stay down
I can see the sights up close now
I see the good in staying down

Yet the longer I stay here
very low to the ground
I have a constant nagging feeling
that I will surely drown

I can't choose to stay in one place
The laws of gravity push down
and if I don't actively climb
I will surely drown

So, how do I do this?
I'm tired and out of strength
Everytime I make the climb
I fall back to this place

Before I held on with all my strength
I grasped with all my might
But it seems that the tighter I held on
the more quickly I would lose my fight

What's the answer?
How can I stay high?
How do I keep from slipping
to the bottom and to my demise?

I want to keep climbing
I do...I really do!
But I don't know how to stay above
To keep the climbing new

I want to climb without the fear
I want to feel so free
I want to climb without the stress
without all the strife and worry

I want to enjoy the climb
See the sights, but without looking down
I want to climb towards the King
I want to reach the crown

So please tell me what to do
Help me with this struggle called life
I'm tired of the constant ups and downs
I'm tired of the strife.

Chana Bitton has been freelance writing for fifteen years. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and 5 children (BH).
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Angelina Orange October 7, 2017

This is prefect for me i was going thru the system for my only boy and i did my hardest to keep fighting until the very end it was very sad hope my only boy screaming my name! Ily51215 Reply

Memory Zambian August 4, 2017

Woow I really love this poem can you write one for me Reply

ana May 9, 2017

This is a good poem i wish i had your talent :) Reply

Batya Brooklyn March 31, 2017

Jennifer so nice to meet you and spend time. Love your writing; Looking forward to seeing more from you. Keep in touch. Reply

jim firman madang, png. September 12, 2016

I love this poem very much because it is very pleasing and suiting to what some people's struggle. Reply

Devine Mncube South Africa Johannesburg May 18, 2016

Wow i better start climbing before i drown. I really love this poem
#Motivated Reply

silverio March 22, 2016

Beautiful I love it. Reply

Anonymous Seoul April 25, 2015

Woh... EXACTLY WHAT I'M FEELING, AND I GUESS WHAT EVERYONE AT SOME POINT FEELS. THANKS FOR THIS WONDERFUL POEM!!!! Reply

Anonymous Indianapolis September 23, 2014

Wonderful! I feel that too! Reply

Brath Brimes Ben Beena September 12, 2014

And indeed there will be time to wonder. To wonder, Do I dare, Do I dare? To the protagonist: Take out your guitar and strike resounding chords, ones that moves in and out of resonance with what you are feeling. Your words clearly draw on an enormous depth of feeling, imagination, and creativity. Give yourself permission to take flight and Yes, dare to follow the gossamer of one of your beautiful ideas till it reaches nirvana. You know where that is,You have been there before and elevated us with you. The path to it is has been well tread by your suede sandals. Reply

Anonymous Santa fe July 14, 2014

I love this poem. Its perfect. I'm fighting cancer and this describes exactly what and where I am on this journey to a healing. Thanks for you beautiful words. They moved me! brian Reply

Pamela Stillwater, MN July 4, 2014

Thank You I just wanted to say thank you for having the courage to post your're beautiful poem. I never would have thought in a million years that doing a search would lead me back to my roots and that another Jewish woman would be the one to give me comfort after feeling like nobody else in this world feels anything close to what I've been feeling for so long now. I lost my way as far as my faith and spirituality goes and it almost feels like you've pointed me in the direction I need to take, I've run out of all other options. I hope things have worked out for you.
G-do Bless Reply

Anonymous August 27, 2012

yes, this up/down fight is how i felt this summer. it was like i didn't even know myself. what i finally did was just surrender myself and this fight to G-d and ask him to take control in my heart and in my life. Since then i'm slowly finding myself again and am able to see how in the world we're supposed to go on living. and it makes me smile : ) I hope you find your peace soon. Reply

viola brooklyn, ny October 14, 2011

i want to climb love this so much. describes what im feeling inside. thank you for this poem. Reply

Anonymous July 26, 2011

Sit calm and relaxed. Close your eyes.
Find, and see yourself in your mind. Do you notice the steps that are almost in front of you?
Place your foot on the first step.....and look.... the next step is practically 'put under' your foot.
You see, the steps are always given to you if you ask, but you must also look. Reply