auparavant

It seems the walls that block my vision
were once my wishes, my decisions.

Lives seem built upon themselves and where
we are, who knows? Which floor? How high above,
how far below, how many more?

And every ceiling thwarts ascent—
each one a floor auparavant.

 

Auparavant: a French word meaning “previously”.

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