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The Mossy Stairway
by Cristina Van Dyck

Monday, November 21, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Under thick foliage,
small stone steps
wind their way
down the hill
to the water
their coats of moss
cool and moist
shield the rocks
from my sight
until it’s really
much too late.

My foot slides
down I go
with a shriek
that cuts the air
and echoes far
across the valley
rough and tumble
bouncing
praying hard that
no one hears
or sees me.

I test my limbs
and listen close
for creaks and cracks
my butt hurts
but not as much
as my pride
I start again
down the hill
but this time
I avoid
the slippery mossy stairway. 

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Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/21/2005
I think we must all somehow try to avoid those slippery mossy stairways, Christina.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/21/2005
Wonderfully-written! Mossy stairways are very slippery, one must use great caution when going up or down those stairs.

The reality is:

It is harder to climb up than to go down.

Wonderful write!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/21/2005
Cristina,

Very well written. I've had my pride hurt many times before. (lol) The only difference is that the minute I side-stepped the moss I would hit the banana peel. My mom always told me to watch where I was walking. Turned out to be good advice.



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