Going Up?

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We hold the elevator for her
far away and moving slow
she inches toward us
knowing we will wait
"Going up or down?" she asks
waiting with hope filled eyes
Down, we say, and smile
The fifth floor is all there is.
She shakes her head and smiles back
"I'm waiting to go up," she says
and turns away.

~ J. Hugh MacDonald

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