THEY RESTED THEIR ELBOW

They rested their elbow

on the hard rubber

handrail

as

they

ascended

the escalator

to the fourth floor

where the Seeing Nature

exhibition was.

Halfway

to the top

the escalator

stopped to become

merely a corrugated staircase.

They stood amid this change

for a long moment,

wondering if

it

was

permanent,

before beginning

to climb.