Improved Escalator Story       

in the old story it was
     one giant moving staircase
         descending through two storeys all
             bright glass and chrome
                 amidst sparkling chandeliers


from the bottom
     looking up through the glare
         she saw him floating down in slow motion
             sunlight bouncing surreal
                 her cement feet paralyzed
                     soul pierced
                         blown apart


now the new story
     two normal-sized escalators
         the new man the hybrid
             descends on the left
                 while she ascends on the right


eyes meet he smiles
     good morning nice to see you again
         hi

             another smile
                 he continues down to go about his business
                     and she ascends to go about hers


                         warm inside

                 this must be what normal is like