The escalator pulls me above ground,
a maudlin monotony of movement
of times a day.
I wait for the moment
the ridges of the moving stairwell
will halt the tips of my boots
so I can fall on my face.
What would it be like
to have strangers walk over me
or crack my spine like a book?
The reel of you and me
runs through my thoughts
a faucet running on full strength,
Are we filling the sink
or getting pulled down the drain?
Words are written in black
against a yellow backdrop of caution paint:
WATCH THE GAP
The lettering is half-faded,
that’s reinterpreted each day
to fit my mood, a horoscope
that I’m convinced will change my life.
Caroline Sipio is a writer and bibliophile from the Philadelphia area with a penchant for coffee and imagining different arrangements of words. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Saint Joseph’s University and a Masters of Arts degree in English from Boston College. She has previously been published in Crimson & Gray. She currently works at Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library where you’ll find her happily surrounded by books. Caroline loves to celebrate Halloween year round and watch her miniature, wire-haired dachshund named Lemon play in the leaves.
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