the fire escape (and escaping)

fire escapethankfully, i’ve never had to use a fire escape either because of a fire or some other emergency–it’s not that i haven’t been on one, i have, but only to make out with a man in greenwich village in july of 1976–which was all sorts of wonderful for a variety of reasons: his dago t, his hairy shoulders, the rickety nature of the iron stairway, the smell of old brick and iron, his veiny hands holding my neck as we tongue-dueled, my arms around his muscular back, the heat rising up from the alleyway below, the smell of garbage, the sense of danger and illicitness, and the feeling that i was getting away with something which is the most significant thing i remember about that moment in my life.

it’s not that i haven’t had to escape from danger in my life; there was the rapid city flood of 1972, the collapse of a snow fort when i was 8 and i was buried under 5 or 6′ of snow, but other than that i’ve led a life that’s not been tinged with the fear of imminent death. when i see a fire escape then, i don’t see a way out, but a way into (escaping.)


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