Atop the Cliffs of Time

Atop the Cliffs of Time

A Poem by Undying Glory

The precipice looms before me, teaching its own lessons about time and patience.


The precipice looms before me, its jaws yawning wide.

The ocean roars below, waves of raging blue and white smashing against golden sand and craggy bedrock,

Unyielding and furious in its violent assault.

Beneath me, I watch as the sand shifts and slides,

Carried by the capricious wind as it howls in glee, playing among the nearby trees.

The castle, standing tall and proud, its spires twirling up to the heavens, gazes ahead at the deep waves of blue,

Defiant and unconquered over the challengers that have risen over the centuries,

With its deep and ragged wounds carved into the facets of weathered, battle-hardened stone.


What eventually brings to us the harvest of our patience?

Is it merely the passage of time?

Is it the willpower and effort that we exert, even in the times when we deem it fruitless and futile?

A single trickle of water, over time, slices through even the sturdiest of stone, eking out its way through the most stoic of opposition.

The entire landscape changed forevermore,

Simply because the current never once thought of yielding against insurmountable odds.


And when the first brick is laid, painstakingly carved from the land,

Little by little, beginning its ascent into the skies,

As many more like it take formation amongst its ranks,

Becoming the undisputed ruler of all it surveys,

Towering above all in might and prestige,

Its walls and edges lasting for centuries and more to come.


What then, could we imagine, if we had chosen to yield early, and never reach what might have been?


The final stretch, at which point we chose to give up

May very well have been the final stretch we needed to achieve our deepest dreams.











© 2018 Undying Glory

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Very intriguing, deep and powerful, your strong spirit is shining through this one! Love it!

Posted 4 Years Ago

The wordage you use is excellent. Craggy, violent, howls, defiant and unconquered. It really paints a picture using less than commonly used words. I think that your message is a deep one and a good one to get out there and I think you did a magnificent job doing it.

Posted 4 Years Ago

very powerful and very deep, found this intriguing. nicely done

Posted 5 Years Ago

Strong message in this poem. If you want to make a difference you should persevere and never give up. Nicely composed. Thank you.


Posted 5 Years Ago

Powerful read, nicely done :) x

Posted 5 Years Ago

the spirit needs to be strong and push us to reach the highest goals...
giving up is never the answer...we must go that extra mile, that final stretch to achieve the deepest dreams...nicely expressed here.

Posted 5 Years Ago

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6 Reviews
Added on May 5, 2018
Last Updated on May 5, 2018
Tags: atop, cliffs, time, patience


Undying Glory
Undying Glory

Singapore, Singapore

The average guy you'd meet on the street, only with a hidden streak. Or several, for that matter. 24 year old, 4th year medical student, studying in Dundee, Scotland. Never underestimate the pow.. more..