STAIRS

STAIRS

A Poem by Mark
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One of two elegies I composed in memory of my first wife, Patricia.

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Stairs

 

When to Slidell from N’awlins came

She feared they might be much the same

So she asked a neighbor--me--to wait

Atop the stairs, to hold the gate

 

And watch her path, lest ill befall,

When she, as leaving work would call,

And I atop the stairs would stand

To quell her fear, to take her hand,

 

And laughing, lead her to her door…

A duty, alas, that’s mine no more.

 

For now, ‘tis she atop the stair

And I who wait, all unaware

Of dangers, whether real or no,

Of that new land I fear to go,

 

And I, who pensive, upward glance,

Where she, with healthy, happy stance

With patience waits, my steps to guide

Atop the stairs, for my last ride.

 

With labors ended, home to fly,

At last to live with God on high!

 

c. mark teague

october 1, 2004

© 2010 Mark


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This was beautifully done mark well rhymed and written

Posted 6 Years Ago


Interesting, new and different take on this subject, well done.

Posted 6 Years Ago


I really like the style, the word usage and the flow of this piece. The message is also moving and clear. Very nice.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Mark

6 Years Ago

Did you catch the central them, of role reversal, of her being the fearful and I the guide, to the r.. read more
Jack...

6 Years Ago

Definitely, it was clear as a bell. it is what made this piece for me.
Mark

6 Years Ago

Then I have succeeded! Thanks for the kudos.
i don't know how i missed reading this before. what a nice down-to-earth metaphor for a not-so-down-to-earth concept. while my faith is a bit shaky these days, i am wistful and perhaps a little envious of such examples of hope and faith.

Posted 7 Years Ago


Mark

7 Years Ago

Thank you Bob. Knowing the caliber of your work, I am especially grateful to receive praise from suc.. read more
a quite lovely piece Mark. This sounds as if it just flowed on out. It's rare to get that uplifting feeling with such a sad subject...You nailed it

Posted 7 Years Ago


Dr. Wood ?

7 Years Ago

It was invisible to me....That is why the other one grated so...I wish I'd never reviewed that one i.. read more
Mark

7 Years Ago

Thanks, DR. I concur with your earlier assessment, that it sometimes seems that phrases get reused b.. read more
Dr. Wood ?

7 Years Ago

I had to look up Pirogues....Great word
the way you turned it all around in the fourth stanza was very moving. This was very moving Mark. Thanks.

Posted 7 Years Ago


This makes me sad... in a happy way.
I love your style of writing, which is unusual for me because I prefer free verse.
Your work is exquisite.

Posted 7 Years Ago


Beautiful with memories made and more to make, Mark. You write with a gentle hand here, and maybe more than a spiritual or philosophical wrapping. Not sure if it's good or bad but i also find some sweet humour in this, almost like children playing a wonderful game.

Posted 7 Years Ago


A very inspried poem with a pasionit meaning to all that await atop of the stairs. Nicely Done and very well writen.



Posted 7 Years Ago


each line...was like climbing another stair...bringing me one step closer to being a better person. :)

Posted 7 Years Ago



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