Spiral Staircases

Spiral Staircases

In movies, always,

that one shot, at least,

of the curve, of the

turn, of the spinning away.

Did I ever tell you

I dreamed once of a house

made only of them? They

sprang down from ceilings,

we paused halfway up,

to kiss, and then you and me,

and the steps pressed

into my skin until you

gasped. Did

I ever tell you

I took the call while

walking down one?

I didn’t fall, or buckle,

or weep, but sat down

until they said your name,

three times, they said my

name three times. Repetition,

mantras, patterns are the

best way to keep from falling.

In movies, always,

that one shot, at least,

of the curve, of the

turn, of spinning away.

 

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