The Staircase Goes Both Ways

When dawn comes to tickle your earlobes
When you burn your hand making breakfast
When a scratch makes your back unreachable
When your nape is naked, and the last button hangs loose
When the chair won't move out from under the table by itself
When your front door slams in front of you for the last time
When you sit in the kitchen with an untouched fork
When the kleenex box yields no more sympathy
When the couch and your blanket have vacancy
When the world dies without your heart
When your arms ache outstretched
When your eyes monsoon
When you're lonely and
Alone, I'm here