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March 5, 2016
Jamila Dawkins, Age 13
The staircase was intricate—
Its metal designs told stories, and
Pricked imagination’s finger
Each drop of blood an inkling of inspiration.
From up close, you could see its pattern—
Each swirl mirrored another, until
The mirrored swirls created a single grandiose picture.
But this elegance was not understood—
Because the staircase was so complex
That at first glance, it looked simple
And from afar
It seemed excessive
And because people often pay more attention
To the destination at the top of the stairs
Than to what it is that got them there
And often the things we lean on
Hold spaces in our minds as crutches,
As wheelchairs, as things that are to serve us
And not as grandiose things
Not as intricate things—at least
Not until they are gone.
But only to those whose eyes
The stories it told.