fire escapers roam the sides
of buildings alit atop steps
of wrought iron – l’escalier –

drop down to the street with
a dangle, break into gait
long strides to city airs

at night aligned to moontide
ascending ladders
hand before foot, then again hand…

all the time looking up
against the down gust
the essentials of gravity

a radio in a window
a spanish announcer
yells about a walk-off grand slam

Chagall 2018