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Staircase to nowhere, Pismo Beach, California

An odd labyrinth filled with doors and stairs that go nowhere.
Move beyond utilitarian architectural features.
A variation on a concept called Penrose Stairs,
terraces and white rooms.
I call it The Hammer of Folly,
you call it The Escalator to Nowhere and tell me it is an escalator leading to nowhere.
Whenever you practice climbing stairs or any walking activity,
make sure you’re working towards some goal and not just making a child go up and down.
I spotted a spiral staircase that seemed to have no purpose whatsoever.
It was signed by President Lyndon Johnson.
Grab the link.
Change the floor plan of the home.
Her family first came upon the set of unattached concrete stairs partially buried,
we got a tip in the Untapped Mailbag about a ‘staircase that leads to nowhere’
in Riverside Park so we went to check it out.
I believe I saw this coming
Getting nowhere in a dream of staircases may be challenging
but you have to take steps.
Originally this was a single family house
so the stairs at one time led to a hallway with doors to the bedroom
and a Necropolis of the Mughal Dynasty.
We’re assuming that this staircase once led to a magnificent temple or mansion
and we’re astonished by the size and splendour and magnificence.
See where this is going, Zeppelin fans?
There is nothing more that I enjoy than discovering amazing places around the world.
Next in common feed, next selected by editors, next artist image.
Except, maybe for the ghost which appeared twice,
ascending the stairs, even though I wiped the viewfinder off for possible smudges.
I say a priest offering bread.
You say a door without a handle.
I say a child beneath a veil.
You say a boatman ready to row.
I say a corkscrew without the promise of drink.
You say if there’s nothing at the top how can there be nothing at the bottom?
I say the sun has been setting for years.


About michaeleganpoetry

Liverpool based poet and editor. I have had four pamphlets of poetry published, most recently After Stikklestad (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2010). Penned in the Margins published my first collection, Steak & Stations, in 2010.

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