April prompt #19

April prompt # 19


Mary’s #4

It’s bad enough falling, or being chased.

We’ve all come to the test unprepared


or had to read naked before a mocking crowd.

But the worst thing is the stairs.


They slide away, twisting.

The treads are broken, uneven.


They hang above an abyss.

Fire, a river in flood.


A dragon flying overhead,

a lion behind, loping easy


up and down and across.

But I must get to the open door


shining above. If I could only

get through, and I do, and it closes


behind me and before me dragons,

lions, and endless stairs

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