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We traverse the stairway.

Visits to the past

mingled with steps into the future.

History lies at the foot of the stairs.

We take the stairs at a run


missing steps,


collecting things and people

lost along the way

We move slowly,


holding the wall,

the rail

or human stick.

Navigating gently.

The downhill journey

leaving depleted energy to climb.

We rest a while

take in the view.

The top seems out of reach,

the view obscured by twisting, turning flights

of countless treads.

Our feet slip and slide

despite the familiar terrain.

Elongated periods of little movement

end in stillness.

We recognise the top step

is different for each traveller.

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