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The Hill

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LngJhnAg
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He was smart and he was successful,
He had it made with the moves he made.
He drove a new car every year,
His home - a secluded estate.

He worked hard to reach his pinnacle,
He gave his all in his rapid climb.
He paid the price to attain the top,
In the shortest possible time.

Then he discovered upon reaching,
His aerie above the world below,
That to remain where he strove to be,
Required that he work even more.

So he drove himself ever harder,
Answering the hill's clarion call.
Giving his all to secure his hold,
Lest he slip and thus lose it all.

He thought of the many things he owned,
But not how much it all really meant.
He never realized who the owner was,
That the owner had never been him.

He thought he was King of the mountain,
He could purchase anything at will.
But shift your perspective and you will see,
He owned nothing. It was owned by the hill.

The hill woke him up in the morning,
The hill sent him home every night.
The hill dictated who he kept as friends,
And it even selected his wife.

Yes. He could pay whatever the price,
For paying's what he had always done.
He'd always answered the call of the hill,
It was his master in the race he'd run.

He finally reached the point in his life,
When he surrendered the top of the hill,
To another person just like him,
Who heard its call even louder still.

Do you hear the hill calling for you?
Do its promises beckon you on?
Do you think you'll own all that you want?
Are you sure you'll be happy on top?

Will the hill awaken you each morning?
Will the hill send you home every night?
Will the hill dictate who are your friends?
Will the hill own your soul for life?

There will always be the hill climbers,
Who have only one goal in their view:
To reach the top whatever it costs.

Is the hill now calling for you?
© Copyright 1999 Michael Waterman - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 09-09-99 01:02 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Good job, LJA. Words to ponder... makes me glad I'm fond of the simple life! *G*
WhtDove
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LJA, you've left quite the food for thought here! People really do need to appreciate the simple things in life!
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3 posted 09-09-99 01:13 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Truth hurts. I'm glad the person I work for [an attorney] moved off the hill...he thought his children would be better served down here with us 'plain folk'.
LngJhnAg
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4 posted 09-09-99 01:22 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Sunshine - I read what you write, and you will NEVER be 'plain folks.' Trust me.
Iloveit
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5 posted 09-09-99 01:32 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

great job, very well done! on the way to work every morning, I drive by an area where there is a whole sub division of 1 million and plus estates, and yep they are beautiful, but I wouldn't sell my soul for one...my puppies, my hummingbirds, my little one...those are the beautiful things in my life!

great poem!
LngJhnAg
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6 posted 09-09-99 01:37 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Lovey

Just in case I win some humongus lottery - exactly what WOULD you sell???? hmmm???? lol
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7 posted 09-09-99 01:45 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Comments like that, LJA, are your sneaky way of getting a "Hey,thank you" as a reply! Aren't you the charmer!
Andrew Scott
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LongJohn: Most excellent read! Definitely food for thought, although I've never been one to hear the sound of the hill. Just too much good stuff going on down here in the valley. I bow to you and yours for this top shelf piece of work. Mucho Kudos!
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9 posted 09-09-99 07:48 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent! I enjoyed this one alot!

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That LJA and his oars and tinbath....what does he know about climbing hills???...ooops....Bye bye Queen...*g*

Great poem and true, shame few realise it other than you...:-))

HUGS

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

PhaerieChild
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11 posted 09-09-99 10:07 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Excellent read LJA!!!

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There he is...making mountains out of molehills again......Excellent work, LJA
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Excellent job LJA..A simple truth of life came so alive, with these words of yours..

Thanks for the read..!

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"No one was ever ruined from without;
The final ruin comes from within.".....Amelia E. Barr


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oh yes...a wonderful piece
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15 posted 12-24-2004 07:31 PM       View Profile for *Alli4000*   Email *Alli4000*   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for *Alli4000*

Yes - great write!

~Alli~

Happy Holidays!

latearrival
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LJA: I miss reading you.Hope you are still around. You wrote something wonderful about driving too fast a few years back.If you can pull it up and post I am sure everyone will enjoy it. best, marty
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LngJhnAg
  another boost for old times sake. You have a lot in you and should be saying it more often.."late"
 
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