Sunderland Library

The handrail, carved in blond ash by Karl Fisher in 1995, runs along the windows on three floors of the City Library and Arts Centre in Sunderland.

Imagine silver –
how it shone on trees; timber
split, smooth as old seas;
pens flowed with bold words; red as
blood, white as milk – the full moon.

Feel your body's brave
alchemy. Keep both your feet
planted in sweet clay –
and never lose your lightness –
a heart, bright, brittle, as glass

See how stones rise, fall
and rise again, like seeds, or
children – just wanting
sun, rain and good air to grow
into themselves forever.

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