ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Man in a Deep Valley: A Fable

Updated on September 18, 2019
Dean Traylor profile image

Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher who writes about various subjects including education and creative writing.

Originally from
Originally from

For Every Deep Valley, There's Hope

So it came to pass: A distraught man found himself in a deep valley. He searched his environment and found to his dismay that the mountain walls were vast and steep.

At first he wailed: “I’m trapped! And I have nowhere to go.”

The valley held nothing, in terms of nourishment – physically, mentally, and emotionally. The river and creeks had dried up a long time ago. The animals vacated the premise, and the plants had all but withered away. Worse yet, the sky were filled with a dark gray cloud that coldly hovered above the valley.

The distraught man began to lose hope, for his only escape from this place was to traverse those massive mountain walls. Thus, he stayed many days in that forsaken valley, not sure if he wanted to continue living.

“What’s it worth?” he mumbled many times.

Then one day he saw the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. It broke through the thick clouds that covered the deep valley just above the mountains. There, he saw the piercing blue sky, clear and vibrant. Somewhere, beyond the mountain walls was a world, alive and full of wonders to be had.


Deep Valley Metaphor

The story's inspiration comes from a metaphor used by many people to describe their hard scrabble path to success. It was also famously (or infamously) used by then President Nixon who described his experiences during the Watergate Scandal.

To me, it is something that reminds us all that we don't have to stay in a bad situation. Also, in order to get out of those deep valleys, one must climb to the highest peaks and traverse rugged passages in order to reach a better place in your life.

He was bloody and bruised, but his spirit rose with every inch he climbed and moved away from the deep, dark valley.

Hopelessness was replaced by determination. For the first time in a long time, the man wanted to find a way out of the valley. This new energy forced him to do something he hadn’t done for a long time. He began to reexamine the craggy peaks to find a possible passage.

He took off on foot and climbed to possible passages. Some went nowhere and forced him to go back to where he started. These failures could’ve ended his attempt. But, the desire to escape and find a better life outside the valley fueled him to keep trying.

Despite a long process, however, in which failure was becoming a norm, the man persevered and found a way to climb the sleek walls and traverse the craggy peaks. He was bloody and bruised, but his spirit rose with every inch he climbed and moved away from the deep, dark valley.

Finally, he reached the top. And, there, on the other side of the mountain was the Promised Land. Elation took over. Dread, fear, anger, and depression left him and stayed in the place he had just come from.

And as he stared at his new destination – as the blood from his battered and cut hands flowed – he came to a relation that all his struggle and patience had finally paid off.

“Now, this was worth it,” he mumbled.

With that, he started his trek to the new land that lay before him.

The Promised Land
The Promised Land | Source

© 2013 Dean Traylor


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Great short story wonderful pictures. Enjoyed.

    • LKMore01 profile image


      5 years ago

      Beautiful imagery, Dean. Thank you for sharing such a profound story.

    • WillStarr profile image


      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful! Outstanding short story! Voted up.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)