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The Ladder

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The Ladder

I climbed the highest ladder, 
To see what I could see; 
I saw my fellow countrymen, 
Living in poverty

I climbed up even higher, 
Embracing open skies; 
Murder, death and bloodshed, 
Appeared before my eyes

I saw a ruling power, 
The middle class shrank to poor; 
I saw wars and powerful conflicts, 
Standing at our doors

I saw hungry children, 
Here, on our native soil; 
I saw the rich grow richer, 
Thriving on the wealth of oil

I saw separate entities, 
Like thieves in the night; 
They stole away our liberty, 
To strengthen their own might

I saw those who fought in wars, 
While victory spelled defeat; 
Many were hailed as heroes, 
Now homeless on the streets

I climbed above the highest clouds, 
Beyond where eagles soar; 
Our social security famished, 
No healthcare for the poor

Drugs polluted our communities, 
While terrorists stalked their prey; 
Children hated their elders, 
Sunny skies were turned to gray

I saw an exchange in power, 
No yield in government rules; 
Technology dined on the obsolete, 
Our economy stolen by fools

I saw fewer days of promise, 
Though many years of pain; 
The poor are expendable fragments, 
Millions are dying in vain

I climbed as far as I could go, 
To the depths of the galaxy; 
I saw a new beginning, 
With Christ eternally

The poor and oppressed were equal,
While no man ruled in heaven;
I saw love beyond the ladder,
And peace among our brethren
 

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  1. Date: 8/6/2013 5:33:00 AM
    I feel that you have penned truth in this work..I hope that God calls the church home before the worse starts to happen..Enjoyed reading your work this morn..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara

  1. Date: 8/5/2013 11:41:00 AM
    An excellent write, Milton! So much truth and sadness portrayed but life-giving hope at the end! Love, Kim