LADDER TO THE MOON
(c) X.J. Kennedy
If I had a ladder that reached to the moon
Up its millions of rungs I’d go.
Up higher than ever the clouds can fly
Till the earth was a ball below.
I’d put on my warm wool winter coat
And my long scarlet scarf in case
While I climbed my ladder right up to the moon
It should start to snow in space.
I’d sidestep a couple of shooting stars
I’d stand on the steepest hill
At the top of my ladder to the moon
If only the moon stood still.
(Published in Vallum 6:2, an issue devoted to children, “Play and the Absurd.”