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I can hear Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Our House” alternating with Kay Starr’s “Wheel of Fortune” and Led Zepplelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” as I stare at the men on the ladder. Like lemmings, they follow one another from the roof, to the spoked wheel, then to the crest where they step into space.
Suddenly, it all comes clear. The tableau is a metaphor for life: the house represents our heritage and environment; the wheel, opportunities to succeed or fail, and the ladder, steps taken on the way to desired goals of eternal life or the finality of completion.
(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. July 5, 2013.)