These old stairs

by Antonio Gil July. 17, 2012 4464 views

These Old Stairs
by Ramon Mesa Ledesma

I’m tired of climbing these old stairs.
They get steeper by the way.
About the time I near the end,
In mist, they fade away.

And some days they veer to the left.
On others, maybe right.
And it’s a crime, maybe theft,
That they’re mostly out of sight.

And whether the problem is with old bones,
Or the creaky, splintered stairs;
I’m too discouraged to pose a guess,
And it’s much too late for prayers.

I’m tired of reaching for the ring.
And for my keep to have to sing.
I’m weary of never seeing
Work be done,
And it’s up before the sun.

I’m tired of starting over;
Everyday to be on the run.
I want to be under cover,
Instead of under gun.

I don’t want to race against the night.
Or charge into each day.
Take orders from a boss,
Act contrite,
And give my life away.

I’m tired of climbing these old stairs,
And afraid of what’s lies beyond.
I want to sit beneath the sun,
And sip ice tea until the dawn.

I want to walk on pasture green,
With frolicking dogs along.
And quietly stroll on lane serene
That ends on duck filled pond.


I’m tired of climbing these old stairs.

L'ESCALIER (1980), PAUL PICHÉ [youtube.com]

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Joelle Diehl-Lagae 4 years, 10 months ago

a beautiful poem in harmony with the photo, much sensitivity! something very like it !

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Rachel Mvm 4 years, 10 months ago

"And some days they veer to the left.
On others, maybe right." - reminds me of a staircase scene in Hogwarts in Harry Potter! :D Old stairs are witnesses of time.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jacki 4 years, 10 months ago

I love this shot.... I put it immediately in to my favorites!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Patricia Gonzales 4 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Glo 4 years, 10 months ago

these stairs seem to have so many stories to tell...if only we could translate the sound of footsteps ;)) lovely!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Felecia 4 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful but makes me feel sad.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Josy 4 years, 10 months ago

Le temps et les pensées n'arrangent rien à la lassitude du quodidien répétitif :)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 4 years, 10 months ago

Amen! Great post!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Inawe 4 years, 10 months ago

Yup, stairs do seem to get steeper with time...it's just their nature ;) Great post Antonio.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Nynke 4 years, 10 months ago

Lovely music to go with this beautiful atmospheric shot.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Christa 4 years, 10 months ago

Pois, .. sem elevador, isto pode ser um problema com o envelhecimento do pais, mas a fotos está muito boa.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 4 years, 10 months ago

J'aime ces vieux escaliers !
Malheureusement, il n'en reste plus beaucoup...

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marina 4 years, 10 months ago

Love it!! it has soul!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Dunja 4 years, 10 months ago

Just wonderful !

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 4 years, 10 months ago

So many feet has climbing those stairs,so many thoughts ...Great shots and words Antonio:)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
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