The Staircase, poetry written by Sarra Culleno at
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The Staircase

The Staircase

written by: Sarra Culleno



Dad DIYs/
He pulls up the
familiar staircase
carpets/ their blanket
of safe content is easily
ripped/ Upholstery ensconcing
clay/ We watch rapt/ at the floorboards
revealed like a coarse and lost kingdom below/
The hidden ugly parts/ of gripper rods and bent nails/
renders our footing vulnerable/ We lived above the carpet/
all the while naïve/ to a splintered or rotten plank/ The rough wood
exposed to us a new certainty: the wind blows these sticks away from under us.

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