Chasing Invisible Footsteps

Hypnotized by raindrops
on the pavement above
you fell lower than lowest.

A staircase of lost jewels
created as you toppled from your throne
and crown of mud formed on your head.

You attempt to climb
back to a kingdom
that no longer recognizes you,

but you’re too full of pride
to recognize they’ve moved on
the rubies and diamonds cut —

separate you from the surface —
you weren’t meant to return.

The signs you are digging for
they will lead you to nothing
but a hallway of darkness

each room painted in disappointment.