Ella Hassler

Ladder to the Stars

About the Poem

6th grade
Wick Juniors Writing Club, Kent

I have been thinking,
listening to my heart beat
in rhythm with my soul,
my mind in unison with my toes--
the tap, tap of my stomach
in Morse code.

I have been thinking
about living like a tree,
my arms adorned
with green glass drops.

I have been thinking
about living like a river,
never ending, never stopping,
always rushing, my waters
a looking glass.

I have been thinking
about living like a circle,
a round, perfect circle
like the earth.

I have been thinking,
listening to the planets rumble,
about the Big Bang.
I want to live the Big Bang.
Will it happen again when I die?

I have been thinking,
Watching the sunset,
the dark cloth of the sky lifted,
my ribcage a ladder to the stars.

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