I built a ladder
in the sky
out of my life.
But there was nowhere to step off.
Who’s ever think I’d end up being what I built?
I thought I’d leave the ladder behind
like footprints that suddenly stop.
The idea being, when I was done,
others could use what I built.
I was about to shut down
“It’s no use!”
when whatever happened next—
the pride I felt in being lost again,
the thought of you,
or the feathery night moth
who, landing in the garage door’s electric eye
miraculously held it up; it was a rung, a life.