i’m a step latter. i’m kept between your fridge and the wall and barely make appearances. you only take me out when you need to reach the cereal from the top cupboard. you only use me when you’re in need. i guess i can say you rely on me... in a way. but you won’t let anyone else use me for fear of them getting hurt. then you’d have to shave out some money for their hospital bill to fix what i did. so after you’ve gotten your cereal, and the box is back in place, you shove me back between your fridge and the wall. sometimes, you forget i’m there completely. you’ll use the counter instead to hoist up and grab a bag of chips. and when you fall from trying to get down , you’ll run back to me, “i should’ve come to you,” you’ll say. but i know you’ll reclimb that counter when you don’t wanna use me. you don’t have to flatter me. i know you’re tired of me. you need the space between your fridge and the wall for your new step latter. it’s a better step latter, i’ll admit. it doesn’t wobble when it unfolds. it’s made of strong, shiny metal as opposed to my cracked plastic. and when i’m hiding between the tree and a trash outside, i realize you didn’t want me. you just needed something to stand on.