Graduate and Climb Every Mountain

It’s that time again, and this year, I have two cousins in Colorado who are graduating from high school, so here’s a poem I wrote and a song I’ll sing for this occasion. You can click below for audio. Congratulations to Christina, Mitchell, and anyone else graduating this year.


Graduate/Climb Every Mountain.mp3


Go out into the world–never look back.
Reach for the top–always look forward.
Aim as high as you can.
Dream as big as possible.
Use your mind, heart, hands,
and know you can do anything.
Trust your instincts.
Energize your life.


Abbie Johnson Taylor
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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

5 thoughts on “Graduate and Climb Every Mountain”

  1. Hi, Abbie–What a strong and motivational presentation of this poem by you!  You would certainly grab the attention of young graduates with your sharing of your acrostic for graduates.  Also, your selection of “Climb Every Mountain” is so appropriate:  this song has always meant so much to me.  On June 6, Willow and I are going to the Milwaukee Symphony; Audra McDonald, who sang “Climb Every Mountain” during the NBC production of SOUND OF MUSIC, will be the special guest.  I think hearing her performance may be the highlight of my summer.

    Keep up the awesome work of combining your poetry with music–Alice and Willow


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