I can get up, but not down (easily)

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Point Iroquois Light, Spiral Stairs (Bay Mills, Michigan)

I can get up (if I don’t look down). I can spiral to great heights (if I don’t look down). I can even with some courage wiggle up thru a portal door with low head clearance and come up, rise up, to the view. To the miracle of distance, heighten perspectives and even perceptions. But down? I cannot go back down. I struggle and clench the ice-cold cast iron and brass railings (with both fists) until the cold hurts my hands and I find a mantra. “This is an irrational fear. . .This is an irrational fear. . .This is an irrational fear.” Until I am down and out and breathing the warm air outside the lighthouse tower.

You can read more on the Point Iroquois Light here.

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About kimnixon

Upper Peninsula Michigan Artist and Writer

Posted on April 26, 2010, in Contours, Ordinary Day, Photography, Travel, Verge and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have a bit of a fear as well. BUT, my three year old loves them. So, for him I climb up them and then down again, clutching his hand and the rail for dear life.

  2. wat is yo myspace name

  3. I do not have one, sorry.

  4. So intricate with lovely light & texture. Almost like vintage lace.

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