On the ladder (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by my piece, ‘I’ve gone too far to turn back now’.

There’s only a little bit left
may as well have the rest
Tomorrow’s looking the same as today
which was the same as yesterday

It’s not going to matter how I feel

I’m reaching up for the next rung
far beyond my grasp
I can’t let myself look down
I know the ground is still there

It won’t matter how far I fall

Stars circle my head
until I’m too dizzy to look
A radio crackles in the distance
until someone turns it off

Now it’s just me
the ladder
the ground
and the silence

(13 September 2016)