Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Reflecting on resilience

steve hall

Having a friend in your life that encourages you, stands for your honor and profoundly changes you for the better is a priceless gift, a gift bestowed upon my husband and I by a man named Steve Hall.  He is the reason I started writing and he is the reason I wrote this poem.  To the most resilient man we have ever known!

Proverbs 27:17 – As Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another 



Upon the path, I climbed so high,

With every step, beneath the sky,

Through trials steep and shadows cast,

I faced the storm, I braved the blast.


The peak, distant, seemed so far,

A guide post, my northern star,

Yet through the darkest of despair,

I saw a glimmer in the air.


With every scar, with every tear,

I conquered every trembling fear,

For life, like mountains, tries our will,

And still, we climb and seek the thrill.


As jagged rocks cut deep and wide,

Each pain endured, a scar of pride,

With strength, I climbed, I never fell,

To find my purpose, life to quell.


The winds of loss, they howled and roared,

The weight of sorrow, I deplored,

But on I pressed, through cold and strife,

To find the answer to my life.


And now I stand on peaks so high,

Beneath the endless, open sky,

For in each trial, tragic plight,

I found my strength, my inner light.


Illustration at top by Jackie Woodcock

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Jackie Woodcock was born and lives in the Adirondack Mountains. She is an apiarist, lepidopterist, conservationist, teacher, writer, artist, and a co-owner of SkyLyfeADK. You can find her SkyLyfeADK on Instagram and Facebook.


6 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    “my husband and me”. Very inspirational poem.

    • Jackie says:

      Hi Susan, thank you for your kind comment! It’s in our times of darkness that the light of our triumphs shine the most!
      Have a great week!

  2. Joan says:

    Dear Jackie: I love your poem!!! And have known Steve and Wendy for years and years past! Great People, great man! This country needs someone who cares so much and enjoys so much the woods, mountains and nature! Thank you so much!

    • Jackie says:

      Hi Joan, thank you for reading my article/poem. Steve and Wendy are more than worthy of a tribute to who they are! I’m not sure if you saw it but I wrote a tribute to Wendy when she passed. It’s under my list of articles here. Have a great weekend!

  3. ADKresident says:

    Wonderful poem honoring your husband and best friend.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Jackie says:

      Hi there, thank you for reading and the kind comment! This was actually for a dear friend of mine and my husband. Have a great weekend!

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