The Ladder

Constant drama

carefully brewed daily

furiously engaging

reality show

about climbing the Ladder.

Achievements stringed

like manmade pearls

hanging around the neck

to proudly display

that tremendous success.

While in actuality

(a sad observation)

behind all those accolades

hides the barren landscape

of a burnt out soul.

Now might be the time

to climb down

put both feet firmly on the ground

breath deeply

and finally start living from the heart.

28 thoughts on “The Ladder”

  1. Helen, I’ve read your poem many times. It captures a feeling I’m am working hard to understand. The questions, “what does it mean to live from the heart? What does it mean to live in the present? What does it mean to live consciously?” nag away at me. So deep for a slowly unraveling Saturday 🙂

    1. I was struggling with these questions very hard a few years ago, while still climbing. The awareness of the now comes from the heart (and soul) and not from the head …the head would keep us climbing the ladder while life sails by quite unnoticed and without real participation from our side. Thanks for your kind comment.

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