Tuesday, February 15, 2022

a ladder to nowhere

as a soft snow was falling
there we were
running along the frozen mud path
looking out for low-lying branches poking out overhead 
weaving our way around rocks, roots
keeping alert to our footing 
flowing conversation 
sharing inspirations 
what we read
what we heard
what we noticed
honestly, I think our drifting gliding running discussions are 
as good for my health 
as the physical running itself

just as we crossed the creek and 
headed back up the slope

Full Stop.

there was a ladder
placed against a large boulder 
at the side of our path

where did this come from? 
why was it here? 
who created this? 
why? why? why?

pure whimsy? 

a ladder to nowhere
look at the clever rungs,
cut like triangles,
pointing this way, then that,
back and forth
look at the newly-falling snow nestling in its crevices
look at the gorgeous rock behind, holding 

how did we miss this
when we ran by the first time?

let's climb up 

up, up, up, 
we both climbed up, 
stood on the boulder and 
looked down on the creek and the woods 
paused and smiled

there was no place to go
except the top of the rock

a moment above

perhaps no better reason
to build a ladder

the descent was a bit 
oh no 
why did we scamper up like that
but it ended 
with big grins

climbing a homemade ladder
in the woods 
on a winter day


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 Slice of Life.  
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  1. That ladder looks sketchy! You are much braver than I. But I do see poetry and envision hobbits looking at the ladder. We miss so much when we scurry through life. Lovely poem!

  2. I adored the ladder. I would've been just as curious.

  3. Love poems that emerge from an image! Thank you

  4. Maureen, this is an enjoyable poem slice. I can see why you smiled at the top but I too would have been worried on the descent. The ladder does not look sturdy. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  5. Absolutely fabulous - what could be more captivating than the sudden discovery of a ladder while running in the woods with falling snow?? So well-rendered - and magical.