Moving Down (and back up)

The two sisters work all Sunday
lugging their treasured possessions
down two flights of stairs

Finally their new room is ready
In the basement!
How exotic, how independent

Mommy mixes out
letting the chips fall left, right, and center

Up and down the stairs they scamper
clothes, books, linen trailing behind them

They breathe that rush
of independence air
A blissful and daring two floors down from parents

Tuesday evening arrives
They miss their old room
Have not slept well in the basement

Now they lug their possessions back upstairs
The basement room abandoned

Up and down the stairs they scamper
clothes, books, linen trailing behind them
Glad to have returned

Gleeful to have outsmarted their very selves.

About the Author
Chana holds an M.S. in Special Education. Her innovative poems, essays and lectures reflect two and a half decades of experience working with students of all ages and abilities. Chana's writing has been published on Chabad.org, meaningfullife.com as well as in The Canadian Jewish News, The Jewish Press, and AMI. As a longtime volunteer with the Friendship Circle, Chana was recognised by the Ontario Legislature for “bringing a smile to the faces of children with special needs.” Although Chana 's "heart is in the east" she currently lives with her with her family in Toronto.
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