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Monday, 14 July 2014

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Another Prompt for Magpie Tales, set by Tess, MAG228



Stair prompt by Tess Kincade



THREADBARE

Just like their crumbling disintegrating covering,
those risers and treads in my life craved rejuvenation.
For I was threadbare, worn out and tired; 
in need of a refit and a wanting a shot in the arm. 
More iron in my blood to resuscitate my soul;
a new coat of paint and therapy to those injured frayed nerves.
My mind craved once more that youthful spring in my step,
and longed for that insatiable unquenchable fire in my belly.


That well trodden stairway of life eluded me for a while.
Yet sweet cherished flashbacks always invaded my mind,
never ceasing to rekindle memories from a former age.
A time when I tore up those steps two at a time,
and carried the love of my life, as though just a feather.

Alas, she no longer is with me now, 
for she has faded from view like a faint evening star.
She lives far beyond my reach in a new dimension;
for she has climbed her own winding stairway to Heaven,
where nothing is threadbare and perfection rules supreme.
At her direction new life was breathed into my spirit,
and the angels injected hope and happiness back into my life.


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I have been writing to these weekly prompts for  6 weeks and sometimes find to very difficult to get an idea. It is very good discipline writing to order and not waiting for inspiration, which may never come. 

Sometimes I think:

"What on Earth can I write about this time?
I'll have to put on my famous thinking hat . . . "



Ah . . . yes . . . it works every time, just like the famous sorting hat in Harry Potter's school for witchcraft and wizardry: Hogwarts, created by J.K. Rowling.




It's great fun - why not join the group at Magpie Tales 
and have a go? 



72 comments:

  1. Bless you dear Eddie! It heals MY spirit to know that you are finding your grateful way through life's beauty. . . .
    Am happy for you and with you,

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= <3

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    1. Thank you Betsy . . . very nice thing to say :)

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  3. Nice thinking cap!

    This tugged at my heart:
    A time when I tore up those steps two at a time,
    and carried the love of my life as though just a feather.

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    1. Thank you Theresa . . . but the is still plenty of petrol in the tank . . . :)

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  4. Hi Eddie...
    I see you are showing your tender side again...
    Lovely words...well done!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thank you Linda . . . . . . . . :)

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    2. You're welcome...so polite!
      Don't worry...I won't freak out!!

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    3. I know but I am most touched you have seen my tender side . . . that makes about 12 sides now doesn't it ? lol

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  5. ha. nice thinking hat...
    and an endearing poem as well...
    the end on your love tugged me pretty good...
    and one day you will see each other again, beyond...

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    1. I know Brian . . . I know I will . . . . . dear look at us, two big softies are't we? :)

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  6. .... craved once more that youthful spring in my step and longed for that insatiable unquenchable fire in my belly. Most of us (over the age of 60) miss those days. Loved your poem!

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  7. A very thoughtful poem about life and finding new hope and inspiration..and I had to smile when I saw the hat..

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    1. Thank you Truedessa . . . you really are lovely . . . and so kind.
      I have used that hat on my blog many times.
      The photo is lousy . . but I dare not change it because the hat is magic and ALWAYS works!! . . . lol

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  8. I just might give this meme a try when I run out of ideas. So far that hasn't happened, but I do love reading these challenges. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Stephen . . . I am happy to rent out my hat for a disgustingly exorbitant fee . . . lol

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  9. Love your thinking cap.
    Did you read where JK has a new book coming?
    My daughter and my husband are beside themselves. They are Harry Potter fans beyond reasoning.
    Me. Not so much. I fell asleep during the movies. I know. I know. I'm not right....but I just don't like them.
    Husband and daughter (grown daughter) LOVE them. Absolutely!

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    1. Well you can't have it Jackie and besides it would not suit you! . . . . lol
      I did not know JK had a new book - I will check that out.
      There was some debate about her doing a next generation HP but without Voldermort she didn't think it would work!
      We are all mad about HP but keep it tightly boxed in it's own compartment of fiction.
      The films were nowhere near as good as the books and I have Stephen Fry CDs reading them!

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  10. Thinking hats certainly get the brain in gear! LOL

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  11. Poignant, I did enjoy your words.

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    1. Thank you Cait . . . the thinking hat was entirely responsible for them . . .:)

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  12. Ha ha ha, looove your thinking hat!!! Send me one?

    Lovely nostalgic memories of love and youth here, with a kind of peace in the knowing, you will meet again one day.

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    1. I'll bring it in person and we can put our thinking hats on together . . . lol
      Thanks V for your kind words but I am not quite all clapped out - lots of petrol still in the tank!!
      Yes, I know I shall meet her again one day. :)

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  13. Lovely bit of writing that is, Eddie. Your thinking hat is very efficient and full of wonderful adjectives!

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  14. Thanks Eddie , the American Dream brought to vivid life !

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    1. Thank you Kutamum . . . . I am sure you could not be a 'Cuter Mom' , if you are . . . lol
      Very nice to meet you ~ Eddie :)

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  15. Glad you are feeling more hopeful.
    That was a really lovely piece of writing.
    The hat is working!
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. Thanks Maggie, my big sister . . . time helps . . . . and perhaps I should wear the hat more frequently . . . lol
      Love Eddie x

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  16. It's nice to retain pleasant memories and keeping them alive that one begets the energy of old to sustain oneself better. Memories have a life of its own to accord that strength. Brilliant shot Eddie!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks Kaykuala, or should I say Hank . . . :) ~ Eddie

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  17. The picture is definitely one that prompts imagination and thought, many memories come to me as well, as I've always lived in 2 story homes. Your poem is so beautiful, Eddie. Well done, and thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you Karen . . . and coming from you I know that is a real compliment, from such a talented writer and someone in the writing profession . . . : thank you so much for that encouragement ~ Eddie :)

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  18. Love the thinking cup! Really work!

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    1. Thank you Gloria - I have had that thinking hat on my blog for a long time . . . . and a lot of my readers loved it . . . . . I have to do a better photo though . . . . yes it does work usually! . . . it's magic you see . . . . :)

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  19. Love the hat, hate the threadbare carpeted stairs.........aren't you glad I popped by......lol
    So pleased to find you more like your old self, one can be happy anywhere my friend and you are on your way!

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    1. I am very glad you popped by Bernie . . . but sorry you can't have the hat!! . . . lol
      Great to see you again . . . :) hugs

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  20. Do you know what I think about? No? It's just as well !

    No kidding, but my stair carpet is threadbare, bit not as bad as that but bad enough. I have opened an Donate Now site in aid of "Keith's New Stair Carpet Fund". Would you care to make a small donation, or even a large un?

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    1. Well, look whose here? The Honorable Crichton !!!! . . . . . lol
      Glad to see you can comment here (I think lol) and now at Betsy's

      Only if I win the lottery!!! . . . . . lol

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  21. Hi Eddie - you certainly brought those threadbare stairs to life ... I certainly can think of places I've been where stairs and life has for a while been worn out ... but we heal and repair ... Loved the story and yes your beloved will greet you once again ... love the hat too .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary . . . . I love you! :) Eddie

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  22. Hi Eddie. Someone, who shall be nameless, gave me a link to your site and said "Go and annoy him", but I wouldn't do that. I solved the problem of my stairs last week, I ripped up the stair carpet and painted the stairs. So much better, and more hygienic I think. The problem now is going up and down makes a noise; clump, clump, clump!

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    1. Thank you Anthony . . . . . you sound as if from the same stable as Keith . . . lol
      Are you sure you are not his Alter Ego . . . lol
      Sounds as though you have either one wooden leg or a pogo stick . . . lol

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    2. If from the same stable as Keith do you mean the same domain? If so then yes, my blog is on the earl shilton domain, if that's what it's called. I live a few miles away from him and he helped me to sent up my blog. I don't know him personally so I don't know what you mean by Alter Ego.

      I'm new to to all this, please can you tell me what 'lol' means?

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    3. I know my friend, Keith, so well and he has such a great sense of humour. Thought you were him in disguise . . . . lol

      lol means laugh out loud.
      I tried to get into your blog to visit but can't access it:
      Could you give me the web address please?

      Keith is a great chap, but don't tell him hahaha, and we do enjoy a little joke and I thought he had set up a dummy account and you were him!! . . . hahaha
      But very nice to meet you Anthony
      If you see ROFL it means roll on the floor with laughter.
      Look forward to seeing your blog when I can access it
      You seem to have a similar sense of humour to Keith.
      You Leicester guys have a rather comical rugby team at our Bath team loves to thrash you whenever we can . . . hahah.
      Speak soon . . . Eddie :)

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    4. I don't follow rugby, not even the 'comical' ones. Sorry you couldn't find my blog. I don't know how to link you to it because I am new to this game. The address is theoldford.earlshilton.org.uk/ if that's any help. I think it's the same as Keith's, but just the name is different. I have never met him in person, so I wouldn't know about his sense of humour.

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    5. Ahh good.
      Thanks Anthony for the link - I see your blog and can follow you.
      Look forward to reading it
      and great to meet you.
      Unfortunately Keith has closed his blog for now which is a shame, but he does comment fregularly.
      Next time I email Keith I will say we have net :)

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  23. This poem touched my heart. I loved climbing those stairs with you today! Long may you be a member of Magpie Tales, there is always that element of wonder for each coming week!

    ps......love your 'brother' blog. I have a fun 'sister' one too!

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    1. Helena - thank you so much . . . you may climb those stairs with me anytime ,. . . lol

      Looking forward to reading your blogs Eddie :)

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  24. Wow, Eddie!! This poem is a winner in every sense. We all need a shot in the arm. It's sounds like yours came from heaven. Lovely work!

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    1. Gosh! I don't know what to say. That is the nicest thing about my work anyone has ever said - thank you ~ Eddie :)

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  25. Your thinking hat must be verrrry powerful...lovely poignant poem...

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    1. Thank you Tess - much appreciated :) Eddie:)

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  26. The old, the worn evoke powerful images and yours were great. Nice to learn about you and so sorry for your loss.

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    1. Thank you very much . . . . will pop over to your place . . . :) Eddie

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  27. That's a very good metaphor. I've only know you since your "reno." It's hard to imagine you threadbare and without a bounce in your step, I'm happy to say. Cheers Eddie.

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    1. Hi Mary - "You can't keep a good guy down for long!" - so the saying goes.
      Yes I've bounced back just like great 'bouncing' J S Bach music - he in full flow always reminds me of a bouncing ball which bounces to the rhythm of the music.

      You are a very kind and fun gal - thanks for the nice comment. Cheers Eddie :)

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  28. Great post Eddie....boucing back is good. Sometimes we have good and bad days. keep on moving forward.... Cheers, Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda
      Yes . . . you are absolutely right.
      Forward , , , , march!! . . . .lol :) Eddie

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  29. Love the poem, Eddie, my fave: 'and carried the love of my life, as though just a feather.' ~ see I'm not only one who love these words...~ Glad you rejuvenated by light and angels to hope and happiness! ~ Thanks for stopping by and sharing warm words. ~ Much Love :)xx

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    1. Sweet memories!
      Thank you for your very warm and kind comment at my place :) . . . ~ Eddie x

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  30. This is a tale of compassion and love ... very beautifully written :-)

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  31. Those flashbacks are probably the bits of her that will never leave your heart. The ones we love and love us back have a way of sticking around for always... feeding the energy that keeps the soul young and that inspire (the year-beaten body) to take one more step, and one more, and one more...

    This was lovely, Eddie.

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    1. Less of the year-beaten body if you please . . . . ROFL . . . but I know what you mean . . . I am not 25 anymore!! . . even though I might feel it sometimes.

      Thank you Magaly, you are very kind, and always it is great to see you. Hope your wedding to Mr Piano Man is absolutely spiffing!! . . . . and may you have many, many happy years together, :) Eddie x

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  32. A lovely loving reflection ... loved the tug at my memory ... running up the stairs two at a time, moments of loss, the need of rennovation ... and the counterpoint humor of your beautiful thinking cap! Fine post - thanks for sharing it.

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  33. Love everything...from the top of the words to the tip of your hat! :-)

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    1. Thank you Carrie . . . . and like a true gentleman I take my hat off to you - there, what manners!
      Great to see you here . . . . :) Eddie

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