Sitting on the bottom step…

I wondered what lurked in the landing’s shadows.
I listened to the creak of breathing wood
and the wash of my imagination’s shallows.
I whispered to the upstairs ghosts
mollifying volleys of hallos
and showers of secrets and prayers –
just making sure they stayed upstairs.

Kim M. Russell, 2018

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Bits of Inspiration: Stairs

This Thursday Susie is inspiring us to write new poems about stairways with inspiration from Led Zeppelin, some very nice images and quotes.

27 thoughts on “Sitting on the bottom step…

  1. kaykuala

    I whispered to the upstairs ghosts
    just making sure they stayed upstairs.

    In life, it is good to ensure our position is strong vis-a-vis to other contending elements before proceeding onwards to other bigger things. Agreed! Great principle to follow, Kim!


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  2. A warning, a plea, a hope and a prayer …. I like how this flows …. yet, strangely, or maybe not – the way you’ve captured the tension, just the edge of reason, but somehow, it doesn’t feel like a threatening scenario. It’s your word choices Kim 🙂 It’s well done – just plays with the “tinkling in the mind” of feeling slightly troubled – the imagination toying, but not quite running away in hysteria. Yup – perfectly penned 🙂

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  3. Well your ghosts seemed friendly enough but probably a bit over the top as I suppose I would be if I was one with range of operation limited to cupboards and stairs. Trouble is if you do sit own and talk to them will they take advantage of you? Sshh! I have just heard a creak, I let you know later. As you can see I really enjoyed your piece.

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  4. I liked your poem. I also clicked the like button but for some reason when I came back my like is no longer showing, not sure why. Just letting you know because you may have more likes than you think but they may not be sticking.

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