First Floor Stairs

With enough pillows at the bottom,
you learn how to jump.

My sister loves the stillness.
She says you don’t have to land.

Even crashing through the wall
is worth the question of leaping.
Our brother used to jump
from higher than anyone.
Now he just watches.

One night I dream of hanging
four seconds in the air

then crashing
into water five steps deep.
The living room all blue,
warm.

Now when I jump I can’t land
hard enough
to break through.

Added: February 22, 2013 | Last changed: June 7, 2014