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Stairway to Heaven - An Ode to Escalators

Updated on November 18, 2012

Stairway to Heaven - an ode to the moving stair

There are two ways to go fast or slow.

It's a Marmite moment.

What's your choice of movement?

An opinion pole of the escalator was

Love them madly

Or ... see you later.

They pander to the paranoid

As they take you on into the void.

Trap your laces or pinch your fingers

The fear factor makes sure no-one lingers.

Immovable statues let the machine take the strain

Who to the A.D.H.D. are a constant pain.

Love them or hate them they are here to stay

Impassive temptation for a child to play.

Going nowhere on infinite loop

With stair tread ridges full of doggy poop.

Conveyor of the working class

With sweaty palms holding railway pass.

Comfort food for the over eater

Hillside challenge for the late and fleeter.

Up to heaven or down to hell.

Which way we'll go you never can tell.

Escalators are everywhere but do you love them or hate them?

This is a short poem or ode, if you like, that was written on a railway platform waiting for the train to work. It's about escalators. Moving stairs are everywhere, especially in shops, subway's, underground and metro stations. They are not everyone's cup of tea. You either love them or hate them. People worry about how to walk on to them and how to walk off. They think the treads will catch their clothes or show laces and drag them kicking and screaming into the stairway mechanism. Okay that's a bit extreme but a lot of people feel more than a little disquiet when they have to use them.

Mum's fret that kids will fall on them. Kid's want to run up them the wrong way. People carry their dog's on them. Cyclists have fifty different ways of managing their bikes on them. An ex-colleague spent five minutes walking up the down escalator while texting on his cell, not realising a small crowd had gathered to amuse themselves at his expense!

A person's personaity is reflected in they way they move or don't move on the stair. Some people steadfastly refuse to take a single step and insist the machine do all the work. Others must move at all costs and become irate if their path is blocked by the spacially unaware or side by side chatty people.

Whatever your preferences, I'm sure there is some aspect of personality that is moved by the moving stair.

For any who looked at this hub expecting Led Zeppelin... see below!

Escalator Poll

Escalators - love them, hate them or don't care it's just a stair?

See results

The Led Zep version


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    • Johnny Parker profile image

      Johnny Parker 3 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Thanks Beth. I know what you mean, they are a necessary evil!

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      Beth Eaglescliffe 3 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed this video and poem.

      I'm a "hate 'em" person (escalators I mean), but I use them anyway because stairs take too much effort (especially on the London Underground).

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      Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Thank you valleypoet. I hate lifts too and escalators have touch of the fairground about them!

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      You either love them or hate them!...I hate lifts, so they are o.k with me. Loved the poem and the video:-))

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      Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Thanks for taking the time to view/read - I never thought about the song video, sorry if I took you down a blind alley - I'll put it in to avoid any future disappointment.

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      adrainsean 5 years ago

      I thought you would have added just a video of "stairway to heaven" song, :)

      happiness and peace of mind are stairways to heaven

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      Rodric A Johnson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Happiness says that this is a neat idea and good hub.