A Flash by Laurel – A Tangled Spiral


A Tangled Spiral by Laurel Kahaner


She climbed

the Spiral Staircase



the slinky she’d played

with as a child, wondering

if Amy Dudley has any thoughts

as she tumbled down the staircase

to her death, feeling the cool coiled metal

slinky between her hands

like a wayward accordion,

imagining her marriage as a coiled spiral

gyrating from one hand to another in a

caterpillar crawl then suddenly

jangly, losing the rhythm, dangling

dangerously down to the ground,

unable to be untangled,

though she preferred

the image

of the slinky

when it hit the ground crawling

down stairs of its own volition

until it stopped.

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