The Diamond Staircase

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As you begin to see again you see that you are standing on a glowing white platform and all around you is like outer space. Stars, constellations, planets and meteors orbit around near and far. Then starting at the edge of the platform one by one, stairs begin to light up a brilliant glossy white. They continue to light in a rhythmic fashion and you start up the staircase. All around you supernovas are exploding and black holes are sucking light in to their void. Planets of all colors orbit far off in the distance. Every planet, a moon. While you climb you notice that the stairs are disappearing behind you and the platform is totally gone. You’re now climbing a staircase through space and as quickly as they come you ascend them. You uncontrollably begin humming a melody. Music comes to your head and you become inspired to reach the summit. “I can see the end atop these stairs.” You think to yourself moving ever faster. You hear cries of a woman echo through space, over and over until it fades out. Then you hear the shouting of a man in the same way. You rest a moment and look around. You think “This will be the last of my time in this world.”
And you take a long breath. You move with haste no longer and you decide to enjoy the ascent, eyes scanning the cosmos. If ever there is a time that is worth cherishing, then all times are equally so. You blink and for a moment you saw yourself walking up a trail in the mountains. “Everything will come as it is needed” says a new voice, unlike any you’ve heard so far. You start to have rapid visions, one of a small cabin at the edge of a lake. Another of a two people embraced tightly in a field of flowers. In between those moments you begin to feel a panic. “What life will I live?” you say shakily. You ponder the outcomes, the fear of failure creeps up in you and you turn to look at the stairs and you see that they’re still disappearing behind you. You have no choice, but to continue. “Will my life, if a failure simply be a pretext to an ever greater life to follow?” you ponder as you continue to climb. More visions penetrate your thoughts. One, of a sphere that is a rainbow of colors expanding larger and larger in your vision until its all you can see. You feel a rush of feelings before it quickly ends. The next vision is looking through the window of a ship that is traveling through space. You’re holding a bag with a tag on it
that says your name. You jolt back in to reality. You’re on the stairs and it is louder now. Meteors and planets fly around you and there is a strong wind blowing. Suddenly you realize you can see the top of the stairs only a few hundred feet more. You kneel down and continue to climb on your hands and knees. “All that you have seen, you will forget.” Says that same unfamiliar voice. “All that you will see, has been forgotten.” It says. The stairs are now dimming and around you the cosmos are becoming like cartoons. It all seems painted and its becoming ever more blurry. Everything appears as a drawing and as you reach the top of the stairs there is a massive metal circle arcing lighting from one side to the other that is floating a foot above the platform. You turn and see that the stairs are now gone and you finally realize, there never was a choice. But that it doesn’t take away from the beauty even if we are guided. You rear back with your arms and run, grinning widely towards the portal. As you throw your body in to it instantly time freezes. And you recount what you have experienced. The voice speaks a final time. “You’re the most beautiful thing you will ever create.”


from Happy Little Bee, released June 23, 2017



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