Mary Spain


Below Stairs - Poem by Mary Spain

At times it feels as though I'm trapped below
The slatted floor of heaven. Fleetingly,
I glimpse an angel's foot, or what might be
The shadow of a trailing wing, and know
There's something overhead. And yet, although
I'd love to join their distant company,
The dust and darkness of captivity
Enfeeble ears and eyes and overthrow
The will. Unaided, I can't penetrate
Their realm. But, neither can I comprehend
The puzzling clues which seem to indicate
That loving angels constantly descend
To join me in my cramped and dusty state,
And light the stairs that lead to journey's end.


Comments about Below Stairs by Mary Spain

  • Khairul Ahsan (7/18/2013 3:37:00 AM)


    That loving angels constantly descend
    To join me in my cramped and dusty state,
    And light the stairs that lead to journey's end.
    What a beautiful expression!
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  • (1/26/2010 1:35:00 AM)


    this poem was so beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2009 2:56:00 AM)


    you have done a very good poem...it`s fantastic... (Report) Reply

  • (8/15/2009 10:28:00 AM)


    That Was A Very Well Written Poem Mary! ! A True Enigma :) (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2009 2:48:00 AM)


    Marvelous composition here my friend...10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (7/23/2009 1:52:00 AM)


    Impressively written... fantastic form. (Report) Reply

  • (3/4/2009 2:33:00 PM)


    Another wonderful piece of writing that I find really touching. I think a person of creativity knows instinctively that there is something 'up there/out there' somewhere but we don't quite know what or where it is. You have encapsulated the feeling we all share. Brilliant! (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2009 3:17:00 PM)


    you seem to have afixed as formula of writing, one that determines many things and clues in your writings. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • (10/9/2008 2:44:00 AM)


    hey this so touching.....nice (Report) Reply

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (10/4/2008 12:54:00 PM)


    A wonderful composition.
    Love it.
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  • Fay Slimm (9/3/2008 9:30:00 AM)


    Mary this is one of the most appealing faith-poems I have read. You have perfectly rendered the sonnet into declaration of much spiritual value. Fond wishes Fay. (Report) Reply

  • (2/20/2008 11:18:00 AM)


    Another stunner, Mary - you combine deep thought & spirituality with total mastery of the rhyme scheme, within which nothing appears forced. This is quality. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2006 3:15:00 PM)


    I usually shy from rhyming poetry unless the rhyme is more of a background than the subject. You've done that wonderfully here, where the rhyme adds the right amount of 'music' to the images and rounds them out very nicely. Nicely done! (Report) Reply

  • Tailor Bell (8/5/2006 10:06:00 PM)


    Tumultuous spiritual vision so nicely delivered. -Tailor B. (Report) Reply

  • (8/4/2006 9:19:00 PM)


    I agree with Denis and marvel at the skill with which you communicate your ideas and images so accessibly in such a rigid and underused format as a sonnet. You inspired me, Mary. Thank you. Alison xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • (8/4/2006 12:22:00 PM)


    I am very impressed with your style Mary. These sonnets have a feel of traditional about them but there is a real newness in them as well. I think the traditional comes through with the skill applied to them. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 4, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 21, 2010


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