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Rotten Ladder

written by: Maria Chalastani


Can’t hurt me now
I’m a thousand times stronger
can’t reach me now
I’m a million lives older
a southern wind
blowing dust the world over
a shattered dream
that knows of no border.

Too soon to trust
too late to recover
just learn from me
and give your innocence
no more credit
than a rotten ladder.

Can’t be reborn
my heart lingers mortal
can’t voice my heart
It’s burnt in that altar
of youthful hopes
and childish sandcastles
where “we” was a chance
and “us” had no fractions.

Too soon to leave
too late to stay longer
you’re iron-made
but that doesn’t matter
still hanging ignorant
on life’s rotten ladder.

Maria Chalastani

Maria Chalastani

My family and I live in Greece. Creative Writing is my passion. Some of my poems and short stories have been hosted in collections, after receiving some prizes and distinctions. My first children's book has recently been published in Greece.
Maria Chalastani

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