The Longest Stairway – Odd Walking Thoughts

It was the longest stairway. Its length ran from the sky to lower than the ground. Constructed of granite; its origin is unkown. We descended, lower than the clouds. Here we found the steps now hung ragged; we were alone. We could no longer be lead lower than the ground. We asked the wind, ‘How do we reach our place?’ The wind howled and crumbled more of our footing.

Chillingly Beautiful -Western MA.

Western Massachusetts is a chillingly beautiful region where creativity comes from blood.  -M. Taggart.

Turners Falls, MA. Railroad Salvage. As a child we'd shop here. Many of the old mill buildings along the canal are in similar shape.
Turners Falls, MA. Railroad Salvage. As a child we’d shop here. Many of the old mill buildings along the canal are in similar shape.
Taken from Sugarloaf Mountain in South Deerfield, MA. This is the 'Valley' region of Western, MA. Sunderland is on the left. Whately is on the right. In the distance is South Hadley and Holyoke.
Taken from Sugarloaf Mountain in South Deerfield, MA. This is the ‘Valley’ region of Western, MA. Sunderland is on the left. Whately is on the right. In the distance is South Hadley and Holyoke. I once walked from the very point of where this picture was taken to the mountain range in the distance with my cousin, Adam.

 

Amherst, MA. The Emily Dickinson house. She spent much of her life alone in a room upstairs where she wrote her poems.
Amherst, MA. The Emily Dickinson house. She spent much of her life alone in a room upstairs where she wrote her poems.

 

Northampton, MA. Northampton State Hospital, aka insane asylum. The hospital was shut down when they lost funding and the hospital was forced to literally open the doors. For years patients walked the Northampton streets. The same streets the Ninja Turtles beginnings are tied to.
Northampton, MA. Northampton State Hospital, aka insane asylum. The hospital was shut down when they lost funding and the hospital was forced to literally open the doors. For years patients walked the Northampton streets. The same streets the Ninja Turtles beginnings are tied to.

 

Holyoke, MA. A severe storm with winds hitting 100 mph carved it's way through this dilapidated mill building near the canals.
Holyoke, MA. A severe storm with winds hitting 100 mph carved it’s way through this dilapidated mill building near the canals. I was located on the other side of this building when the storm hit. They said it was straight line winds. I dispute that.
Gill, MA. My home town. Our driveway when I was nine.
Gill, MA. My home town. Our driveway when I was nine.
Springfield, MA. The Dr. Seuss museum.
Springfield, MA. The Dr. Seuss museum.
Shelburne Falls, MA. The high ledges. Among my most favorite places.
Shelburne Falls, MA. The high ledges. Among my most favorite places.
Turners Falls, MA. Anthony Bourdain scored his first Heroin grab near here per his show 'Parts Unknown episode 7'- I went to high school in this town. It was interesting.
Turners Falls, MA. Anthony Bourdain scored his first Heroin grab near here per his show ‘Parts Unknown episode 7’- I went to high school in this town. It was interesting.

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Safe Doesn’t Count – Odd Walking Thoughts

Look how safe we are. The key turns then the lights are on.  The belt is placed around us and the child is in the back seat. It’s the most safe place to be. The doctors say not to eat red and also not to drink. The church tells us to love God and to know him best we can.  The sinner says we can’t know him unless we take what he has.  Then we know too much and God forgot to tell them the rest of the story. The key turns then the lights are on. It’s a safe vehicle. The child watches as the safe vehicle pulls from the drive and then the child closes the door.  The child is now alone with the ones who thought of creating the safe vehicle. The sinner is upstairs waiting to show.

Been A While

Who ought to take? One is here and the other too. Not two. That’s different and the smoke doesn’t clear and the shower goes on and we see it’s not smoke and that it’s steam.  Door won’t lock. Or, it did, and now doesn’t, and the floor sees what it wants. Then one forces it to stop. It’s much later and the other wants to know.

The Mounting Apple

“You stole that apple!” the girl yelled.

The boy’s face was covered in dust. He was chewing.

“You stole that.” She pointed and looked for others to also see.

“No.”

“You did too.”

The day had started and it was bad. Clouds were forming early and the sun was too hot. People rushed and pushed. The cement was being filled with more and they wanted to know. The boy was chewing rapidly to be rid of it all.

“You can’t even talk. Look at you. You’re covered in dirt and you stole the apple and you can’t say more than no.” she again pointed and looked over her shoulder and they mounted.

This Floor – Odd Walking Thoughts

There’s a place to view. It’s beneath the floor. If you know this, it’s you. If another lays their head on this floor and finds your place, what then? We dove deep and saw much and now we ask the floor, “Why did you betray us?” and the floor replied, “We also were betrayed. Can you help?”  It was early morning and the floor felt cool on the face. The floor shouldn’t be speaking but there wasn’t anyone else to ask.

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Why your daughter holds the wrong hand – Odd Walking thoughts

Guys when you’re looking back wondering why your daughter is holding the hand of another man and calling him Daddy also, please see. When you left her mother crying in the bathroom. When she’d asked for you to stay and to talk. When you closed the door and felt the weight lift from your shoulders and felt you’d never seen the steps so clearly. When you slammed your truck door and felt alive again and slammed on the gas and tore from the driveway and left them all. Hindsight is within reach if you see.