When I write poems, I usually have to work line by line. It also has to rhyme. I tried to put myself in his shoes. Especially before Philip started across that line. I imagined the fear and anxiety I would have felt approaching what could be my death. How would I bring myself to get on that tightrope? I also tried to use some of his own inspiration to depict a first person account of that day.
There I stood on top of the world,
Overwhelmed by fear as the wind swirled.
There I stood gazing across that line,
Wondering why I followed this dream of mine.
Inches away from a thousand foot drop,
I knew I had come too far, I couldn't stop.
I placed one foot on, hoping I wouldn't slip,
I knew that I needed composure to survive this trip.
Who knew such beauty could instill such fear.
I couldn't turn back for my dream was near.
Once I placed my second foot I knew,
Trust my body, it will know what to do.
The first step is where it all counts,
That's when the danger and fear all mounts.
Compared to that first step the second was a breeze.
I took the third and fourth with even more ease.
The fifth and sixth were no problem at all.
After the seventh I knew I couldn't fall.
I knew that I could finish this walk.
I was so excited I couldn't even talk.
Finally I could take in the view,
A magnificent sight I wish everyone knew.
I was living my dream, feeling like I could fly.
I was almost a quarter mile up in the sky.
The next thing I knew I stepped off the end.
I wasn't ready to leave, so I went on again.
Seven more times I traveled to and fro,
Listening to the enchanting crowd below.
It wasn't until then something caught my eye:
A bird flying further up in the sky.
Its eyes as red as blood freshly spilled.
I knew if I stayed, I would likely be killed.
The gods allowed me to share in their fun,
But I sensed my time in their realm was done.
I reluctantly made my way off the line.
I knew I had finished that dream of mine.
They asked, "Why?" people from every color and every nation.
I told them all the same answer, "There is no explanation."