My feet hit the dirt trail
at a faster pace than normal
The incline increases
I don’t slow, I push harder
Muscles scream
Lungs tighten
Each step carries me further away
from a quagmire of thoughts

Maybe I can outdistance
the incessant worries
if I leave them
at the foot of this mountain
Maybe I can climb until
the air clears and it feels
as if I could reach out
and touch the sun

I collapse at the summit
Aware of every fiber of my being
The sun feels different
The breeze is strong and full
of voices only heard in nature
I gaze at the world below me
and am reminded
sometimes a new perspective
is all that’s needed


We’ve all heard the saying before “You can’t see the forest for the trees”. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy lives we lead and lose perspective of who we are and where we are going. Growing up, my family went on many camping trips. I’ve hiked many mountains (large and small) with my Uncle Lance as a guide. I learned at a young age that there was nothing as inspiring as reaching the summit, feeling that accomplishment as you looked down at the world around you. The view from that vantage point was so different from the view from the valley floor. Being able to see for miles, having a bird’s eye of the world if only for a few minutes offered up an expansive feeling that I would never have known otherwise. This type of perspective transcends anything physical, it speaks to the soul. Those are the moments I feel the closest to God, and the most in touch with the truest form of myself. Perspective is everything.

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz


4 thoughts on “Perspective”

  1. Nikki,I love finding out the inspiration behind your poetry.It offers a new perspective on your words.Beautifully read poem.

  2. Perspective gives us a ‘base’ and allows us to feel grounded. I used to go camping too… loved how it slowed life down. Beautiful poem- thanks for sharing.

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