Nine hills to climb.. A poeticly expressed thought


The gifts and treasures of material gone
The memories of loves for which I used to long
A journey I took to make me strong

The losses had broken me apart
Then the journey of nine hills was at its start
The losses and gains I take no longer take to heart

The nine hills I have chosen to climb
Those I have come to those hills divine
The nine hills found beyond my mind

The nine hills so rocky and steep
Nine hills in my soul I keep
Nine hills so I may learn not weep

At the summit of each hill I climbed
I paused and reflected as I took the time
A gift of love a treasure there I would find
– –
Pondering in awe at the world I would stare
Knowing it is love and beauty everywhere
Finding love unconditional for all there is for me to share

On top of the hill as I contemplate and enjoy the view
Stripped naked wearing nothing to begin anew
Knowing and loving who I am to myself I am true

Treasures I lost I seek not to find
For I cannot lose what is truly mine
The treasures true to me will return in time

As I sit on the highest one
Hill number nine in the rising sun
I realize the treasures I lost are none

I wanted to express a thought or two in a poetic way. The poem is inspired by a hexagram I have drawn several times in recent weeks while exploring the “Book of Changes” or the “Yi Jing” as it is also known. I have been observing and learning various philosophies from through out history and find myself most intrigued at the similarities and differences in the Eastern and Western perspectives. Even from region to region and philosopher to philosopher the variety and depth of perspectives is amazing and quite to use a miss used phrase quite “enlightening” I would choose to say they all enrich and add to my depth rather than enlighten.

There are as many philosophies as there are people, we all have learned and developed our own philosophies as we journey through life. It is those that choose to share and express their philosophies that inspire us to find and create our own. Plato was one of those that inspired me to seek a deeper insight into my own philosophy. There are actually many that have inspired me to reach for a deeper understanding of myself and in turn my fellow human beings, to be honest of all that exists.

The nine hills are actually a metaphorical expression of Ancient Chinese Philosophy, nine represents good luck and good fortune, the hills are values within a human being, the steep and winding trails expressed are the depths of ones self and  are those preferred by Dragons the light and dark within, the dragon is a very powerful symbol in Ancient Chinese culture and philosophy. I embrace the concepts of the ancient philosophies and cultures especially those of the East the Hindu, Buddhists, The Taoists, the teachings of Confucius and Lao Tzu stand out yet there are many more, the diversity of them especially viewed together creates a very beautiful and deep picture of that part of the world. The western philosophies panted a very different picture just as diverse and just as beautiful only from a more material and out word perspective as opposed to an inward perspective chosen by the East.

I ponder the concept of enlightenment as I sit atop the Ninth hill and create as well as embrace my philosophy. I can not claim enlightenment nor that I have reached Nirvana, I can say I have left the cave and chosen the path I have chosen. For all that has been in my life materially and spiritually is a gift whether, I posses it in the physical sense or not is irrelevant. A car breaks down or gets totaled, people leave or die, money comes and goes, the only constants are change and my conscious awareness of those changes. What I have began to realize as I observe, is that my choice of how I accept those changes is the gift of enrichment of my inner self and the character I am viewed as by others. If I choose to throw a temper tantrum or melt down in the face of adversity I am viewed as a spoiled or weak human being or perhaps an angry human being. If I choose to take it in turn and smile I view myself as a beautiful soul with love and compassion for the many that have Joegone through the same or similar circumstances. A person viewed by others as having good character and integrity. Neither is better than the other, just from my personal perspective I do feel better and feel more aligned with my inner or higher self when I choose to look at things with love and compassion being empathetic with myself and others.

I thank you for allowing me to share a few thoughts and taking the time to read them and let me do so. I hope to have shared a smile or two. Thank you all for being the positive change our wold so needs by sharing your love and your smiles making our world a better place for all we share it with. 🙂 Namaste, Peace, Love and Light… ; ) I share my love and my smile with you thank you for sharing yours with me! 🙂

21 thoughts on “Nine hills to climb.. A poeticly expressed thought

  1. Very good – if you would like me to make a few changes to word choices to effect better meter email this poem to me. Meanwhile, something about mountains from The Milk Is White: *The climb also involves moving up through the foothills at the base of the mountain. As we stand at the bottom and look up, the crests of the foothills align to give the impression of a fairly uniform incline upwards with unseen but expected gullies between them; however, this is not necessarily so as, in practice what happens, or could happen, is that we toil up to the crest above but, on reaching it with a feeling of relief and achievement, we find ourselves looking down into a valley preceding the next climb to the next crest …. And so it may go on. However, any disappointment is far exceeded by the feeling of accomplishment and the sight of the pinnacle ahead a little closer.*

    • Thank you Ian, your observations and thoughts are always a gift and appreciated… I will e mail you the poem and would love your input, it would be an honor to have you share and create a masterpiece with me! 🙂

  2. Hi there Joe! First I’d like to thank you for following my blog. I am now also following yours. I look forward to sharing future posts with each other.
    This poem is really good. I enjoyed reading it through one time before reading the paragraphs breaking it down. I then reread it and felt “in tune” with your thoughts and feeling. I often forget to read poetry even though it is a form of writing I love reading.
    Ta Ta for now, Cathy the Bagg Lady 🙂

    • Thank you Cathy, I am honored to have you here as well as there and enjoy the thought of sharing thoughts with you and your wonderful blog will be a great source of smiles and inspiration for me. I am happy you liked the poem and the sentiment expressed, for me that is a great treasure! 🙂 I am grateful you took the time to read the poem and even more so you shared your thoughts, thank you.. 🙂

    • Cathy, I would be honored to share with you what I know about bloggers for peace, it was started by a blogger here on WP his name is Kozo and his blog is called “Every day Gurus” a very well written and informative blog from a blogger and human being with great heart. If you would like to participate you may as it is open to anybody that would like to participate. I like the concept and am for peace so I chose to be a part of the group I however do not participate in the proper way yet write often of peace in our world. I really didn’t need the tee shirt! That said please visit his blog and please participate in the manner you so choose, I felt the logo would be a reminder to those that see it to inspire and be peace in our world! Thank you Cathy… you are quite awesome! 🙂

  3. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
    ~Lao Tzu

    Outstanding and beautifully written my friend.

    I love this poem by you. 🙂

    • Thank you, the poems are usually long as are the sentiments behind them. I chose to poetically express my thoughts on many occasions for the entertainment and artistic value rather than say what has been said so many times so many ways. I had hoped that it would be a unique and original expression of the same sentiment shared by others. Thank you for the comment and the compliment, I am honored and grateful you chose to share them. 🙂

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