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 replies on “Carpe Diem #1254 Stairs of Nature

        1. 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. 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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