Depth Perception

There's an experiment I read about
where they laid a sheet of Plexiglas

like a bridge between two raised,
solid surfaces, and coaxed babies

to crawl across to the other side.
Some of them trustingly made

their way; a few were hesitant,
because they were confused

about the drop they perceived
though their hands told them

there should be nothing to doubt.
What is space anyway but a checker-

board of moments that light
can melt or fracture? A staircase

swings around to the other side
of the hall and back down to its

starting point. A hand is a hand
but a pair can turn into wings.

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