If Floors Could Speak

by Hala Nasar

If floors could speak,

They would slow you down when

You’re walking like the end of the world 

Is in your distance.

 

If floors could speak,

They would tell you affirming words

With every step you take,

Especially when your doubts find shelter in your ears.

 

If floors could speak,

They would hold your ankle

And caress it, as if to say “Keep going, you’re okay.”

Every time your legs wobble on the concrete. 

 

If floors could speak,

They would tell you to let your feet lead the way,

Especially when your heart and mind are at war. 

 

If floors could speak,

They would laugh at your determination

To step on them,

Always so busy to reach your destination.

 

If floors could speak,

They would tell you,

“Like soft feathers in the wind.

You are here, slow down, and revel.”

SUMMER 2021