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Eulogy to Stairs

“The Jokers” Stairs Leads to a Library

(10/29/19) “ Out of my sorrow
                    I'll build a stair,
                    And every tomorrow
                    Will climb to me there
                    With Ashes of Yesterday
                     In its hair”
                    (Lenore Speyer singing I sing to myself)

Daily, I walk up and down subway stairs not giving them more than a glancing thought of how weary I feel walking out of the 44 steps at my subway station in Manhattan. Then recently, I was struck by a thought about stairs seeing pictures in the New York Times of The Joker dancing on some steps in the eponymous movie of that name.

Eureka, those were my steps to my tunnel of love, the library. Located off the street on Edward L. Grant Highway, these steep132 steps lead to the Highbridge Public library on Woodycrest Avenue that I frequented 70 years ago. Joyously, I took those steps two at a time, winded when I got to the top but knew that Zane Gray awaited me at the library. My public school, P. S.114, is a couple of blocks away from the stairway.

Now The Joker has made them a tourist attraction in the Bronx. For this member of the old older aged individuals, these steps have precipitated fond memories of growing up in the Bronx. To be sure, it was a long walk to these stairs from Walton Avenue, and one could have walked up Anderson Avenue to get to the library, but the challenge was in the stairs to demonstrate our athletic ability. Thank you Joker for providing a wonderful memory. I am already feeling younger. The 44 steps are nothing now to this 88 year old. Ha ha!!!

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Harold Rubin, MS, ABD, CRC, Guest Lecturer
updated October 29, 2019


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