I ride the elevator down an endless shaft,
Cursing myself every day of the ride.
This elevator doesn't go up. I know that.
But climbing up means losing my ground.
I'm scared.

I must be thousands of kilometers deep.
Can I ever climb out?
This elevator moves so quickly. How many days of climbing would it take for each day of riding?
I may already be stuck down here for the rest of my life.

I think the question now is not whether I'll escape,
but whether I'll try before I die.