Laddered Life


Many see life as a road

Wide enough to share

Symbolic of our journey

Metaphorically the fare


Through peak and sunset valley

As our days wane into night

Thinking where we find ourselves

Came from choosing left or right


But life is not so easy this

A linear chart of time

A life lived to its fullest intent

Has always been a climb


A ladder of singular steps

An equal distance each one

The only question up or down

As you step to the next rung


That is the choice we must make

One of two directions, you see

Up the next rung whatever it takes

Or climb down and never be free


9 Responses to “Laddered Life”
  1. beth says:

    We are the only ones who can choose this for ourselves

  2. kristianw84 says:

    Very well said! My brother used to tell me life is a ladder, but his words weren’t as elegant as yours. It is true, though. Truly successful people had to put in the work. I also like this analogy because it can be applied to all aspects of life, sometimes we don’t see what’s coming, and we get knocked down, but just like the ending of your poem, we can climb back up or stay there. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    Life is full of decisions. Hopefully, we climb that rung more often than not.

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Well said my friend in such an artistic manner. Lovely work Brad!

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