Baby Steps – Laura Lam
July 25, 2010 § 1 Comment
the little girl climbs up the stairs.
The blue door looms, the tiny hand
knocks, knocks, knocks, and waits for daddy.
The blue door opens─but too fast!
The little girl wobbles and falls
backwards, tumbling and twirling
like a marionette, strings cut.
Daddy cries and crabwalks, crabruns
down the stairs. Just before the ground
she is caught, lifted high. Unharmed,
the parents hug and kiss her.
But was the door blue? But were the
stairs that high? She was falling down;
how could she see him follow her?
Afterwards, did the little girl
cry, or did she smile? Try as
I might, I just don’t remember.