May 25, 2006

Growing Down

He grew down instead of up. Sometimes people do that. It's not that he didn't try, but he built his stairs like a house of cards, only without grace and patience. It couldn't bear the weight of his pain.

He found it easier, when the cards began to fall, to go down..gravity and velocity his companions. He tried to take me with him, grabbed my ankles as he fell, and God help me I almost went. But my resolve to live was stronger than his pain, stronger than the force of gravity.

I didn't bother struggling. I slicked my ankles with vaseline, watched him slip, and said good-bye.

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