Carpe Diem #1254 Stairs of Nature

Wrote 4 stanzas using the Tanka form (5-7-5-7-7) for the challenge today. The picture given was a flight of stairs taken in Portugal. The picture brought back the memory of climbing similar steps in Monterosa (Cinqué Terra ) in Italy.

stairs of nature
Flight of stairs- by Jan

These mountain steps,

I wonder where they lead…

Moss covered rocks,

I tread, each step with care,

Puffing and panting, I mount…


What lies beyond this?

Breathless, a fleeting thought cuts…

What does my soul seek?

Past wild flowers- pink, yellow,

Green grass and fallen leaves…


Known roads, known faces,

Tiny specks from above…

I leave behind,

Eight and Four hundred steep stairs,

The sky white, the sea blue…


At the very top,

A chapel solo, quiet, still…

I before it,

Exhausted, exuberant,

At peace; content I stand…

The chapel on the top

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10 responses to “Carpe Diem #1254 Stairs of Nature”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I love the sense of climbing to reach something Smitha – something deeper than just the top of the steps 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes 😊..the joy of finding it is so much more when the climbing has been difficult. Just need to keep the faith alive during the climbing, even when it’s the most difficult.

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  2. milan rajkumar Avatar

    what a serene and spiritual cascade of tanka ! the words are so sublime …people do not write these things nowadays . you are very rare Smitha !!!!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you again. I feel humbled and honored that you should think so. I am happy you liked it.


      1. milan rajkumar Avatar

        O I like it a lot ! ….if I don’t …I simply say …nice . You have the urge to comment what you want to , if it’s not going to hurt someone , right !

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Yes you’re right. When you really like something you must say it especially if it’s going to make someone’s day…otherwise there’s no need to. Also, now I’ll know when you don’t like something…it’ll be a ‘nice’☺


          1. milan rajkumar Avatar

            Yes , only a little nice ! Haha

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  3. Moushmi Radhanpara Avatar

    Content is all one want, but we do need to push ourselves to an extent to achieve it.
    Wonderful poem.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Absolutely Moushmi. True man by nature is never truly satisfied with what he has and therefore needs to consciously strive to achieve contentment. Thank you so much for sharing your opinion.

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      1. Moushmi Radhanpara Avatar

        It has always been my pleasure.

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