High Hill by Shalini Kathuria Narang

A woman in a white, long off-shoulder dress with white open angel wings behind her standing on a high stump of wood with gray and orange hues on either side of her
Image Source: Canva Pro

The hill was high.

Her spirit higher.

The sea was deep,

Her dreams deeper.

The task was tough,

Her persistence tougher.

Sounds of distractions loud,

Music of her dreams louder.

Work was over whelming,

The village encouraging.

The pain was scathing,

Her endurance towering.

Standing on cross road(s),

Decisions determine destiny profound.

Choices surround,

Attractions abound,

Journeys are rarely all smooth,

Tough times reveal many truth.

Navigating road blocks,

Determines final stock.


Shalini Kathuria Narang is a Silicon Valley based software professional and freelance journalist. She has reported for national and international newspapers, magazines and news sites. Her poems have been published in several anthologies including Starry Nights: poetry of Diaspora in Silicon Valley . She is a monthly contributor to Masticadores USA and has been published on Spillwords Press. Her blog site is:  Rhythm and Rhyme. She is originally from New Delhi and has settled in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters for 25+ years.

We would love to read your work. Interested? Please READ our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.



20 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Shalini’s poetry is a tribute to women worldwide, a celebratory write for International Women’s Day on March 8th. A woman’s path has never been easy, but she has ventured on despite the rigid restrictions and the chaotic responsibilities. The roles assumed by her are many and she has proved herself worthy of them time and again. The High Hill could be intimidating but the tenacity of a woman’s spirit can conquer the greatest heights, it can beat down the toughest challenges.
    Congratulations Shalini!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thanks Terveen for aptly and beautifully capturing the essence of the poem and the significance of the day/month. Sisterhood via helping each other climb our personal hills is another important message that I want to emphasize. Thanks for featuring it and highlighting the emotional and mental strength that each of have to reach out to time and again in our journey of life.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Meelosmom says:

    Beautiful, Shalini!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thanks dear Barbara 💕 .

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Meelosmom says:

        You’re welcome, my friend! 🤗🥰

        Liked by 1 person

  3. haoyando says:

    That’s the spirit. I don’t have such a positive spirit, but I do admire people who have it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Many a times some of our strengths are latent and come up as and when the need arises. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Yes, a beautiful piece indeed Shalini. I like the sound of that positivity of standing proud and facing anything that gets in your way, enduring whatever it takes. A great piece and lift for women all over the world. Thank you, Terveen, for bringing this to us women. YEA!!! Congratulations, Joni

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shalini Narang says:

      Thanks dear Joni. 😊 resilience of the human spirit especially women’s is my intent in this poem. I grew up hearing stories of great strength and resilience of many women of the family and this is my humble tribute to them all.


  5. Myriam says:

    It is a great poem, congratulation on publishing and to give courage. 💌💌

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thanks for your kind words dear Myriam. In my humble opinion-we thrive with supportive and nurturing relationships and mutuality in the relations is vital for long term sustenance 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Yes she does and time and again rises like the phoenix or grows like a lotus.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Cassa Bassa says:

        Love the phoenix and lotus symbolism.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Your poem is beautiful as always Shalini! ❣️

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thank you dear Cindy.


  7. michnavs says:

    Such a beautiful and powerful poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

    Thanks dear Michelle. 🙂


  9. byngnigel says:

    Some of the most powerful beings I have encountered, are the women in my life. Loved how you put this into words. Thanks for sharing Shalini.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thank you. 🙂 With regards to women in your life.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s