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The Secret Staircase - Poetry

Updated on November 23, 2012

The suitcase

Sat upon the ground,



To be found,

For inside

A staircase

That did confound

All logic.


Was a nosy kid,


For things

That people hid

From view,


They forbid

Him seeing.

Into the cellar

He did go,

The suitcase


Wanting to show

It's secrets


Billy would know

His future.

The suitcase

Brown and shabby


Tempted Billy

To look in

He saw

The staircase,

Billy's grin

Was awesome!

At last a secret

Billy owned,


Not to be


So down

The stairs

Into a world

Beneath him.

A world

Where fear and magic


And fate has proved

She can be cruel

For Billy was

Sat in a school

The teacher



A trick cast

By a ghastly ghoul

Using children as his tool

And all around Billy

Numbers fall

And words like

Cat and bat and ball



And on his stool

Billy's head


So the moral

To this tale?


Doesn't fail

To kill the cat

Or Billy's head,

When secrets kept

Can leave you



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    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      ....holy shite .... now you're drinking a brandy - you are my trans-Atlantic hero!!

      Well in your honor on my night off I will have a few for you and the music will be so loud that the fish in lake erie will be wearing earplugs - lol - see you back here sometime tomorrow .....

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      .... I think I may have stolen that from you Epi..... (although it happened to be true..) ... way past bedtime and drinking a brandy... Jen

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      6 years ago

      .....that's gotta be the greatest line of all time - just got in from the pub and time for another beer - well then - cheers to you and to your health and happiness -will come back for a visit on Saturday - lake erie time 6:12pm

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Coffeegginmyrice I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you for your lovely comment! All the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Why thank you Epi for your very kind words, I am so glad you enjoyed it! Sending good energy right back at ya, just got in from pub and time for another beer... :-) All the best from the riverbank (which I might add is lovely right now at dusk with bats dancing in the sky...) Jen

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I love the photo and the poem as both of these elements took me to curiously investigate til the end. Interesting and beautiful!

    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      .......although your writing 'always' brings me 'alive' and your wit, your imagination, and your way with words is second to none in my humble epi-book and I certainly love this piece - it took me to wonderful places in my mind and I leave here so inspired ..... sending you warm wishes and good energy at lake erie time ontario canada 12:23pm

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Sorry for my late reply to you all, been out of touch.... so to snakeslane, Billy, Patty, bravewarrior, Jools and Curiad, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it, the photo was my inspiration. All the best to all, Jen

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      What a great story! The ending is a surprise!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Wonderful! It scans really well and your storytelling was faultless!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      The opening photo is mesmerizing! I pictured Billy descending the stairs in the suitcase. What a vivid imagination you have, Jennifer! Good moral to the story, also.

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome Poem and I loved the picture!!! Awesome Job!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the picture at the beginning....and the poem is pure fantasy and fantastic.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Jennifer, your whimsy and imagination is lovely. Regards, snakeslane


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