Photo copyright: David Stewart

I can hear Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Our House” alternating with Kay Starr’s “Wheel of Fortune” and Led Zepplelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” as I stare at the men on the ladder. Like lemmings, they follow one another from the roof, to the spoked wheel, then to the crest where they step into space.
Suddenly, it all comes clear. The tableau is a metaphor for life: the house represents our heritage and environment; the wheel, opportunities to succeed or fail, and the ladder, steps taken on the way to desired goals of eternal life or the finality of completion.

(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. July 5, 2013.)

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37 Responses to “Steps”

  1. Dear VB,

    “Our house is a very, very fine house with two cats in the yard…” Nice metaphors and musings.



  2. Kwadwo says:

    Deep… very profound.

  3. Good one, how could you go wrong with CSNY playing in the background.

  4. Great use of those lyrics. They go together well. 🙂

  5. philosophy tied up in music
    The image you construct could keep the mind whirling for a bit

  6. Sandra says:

    Some reflections to give pause to think. Well done.

  7. Like all 3 songs. Ladders ? No more than 6 ft for me or start trembling.

  8. Joe Owens says:

    When this is some deep thinking. I fear I may hurt myself if I spend too many brain cells on it. Very goo though!

  9. Gabriella says:

    Thought-provoking post with musical memories. Nice!

  10. You fit those songs in really well, vb, and wrote a post to give one pause. (I was going to say “thought-provoking”, but Gabriella had just said it, so…). 🙂


  11. Linda Vernon says:

    This is the best explanation. I love how you did that. A very very very fine story!

  12. Quite philosophical for a Wednesday morning. I may need more coffee to digest it. 😉

  13. Oh this was… … great (as thought provoking is already said)

  14. vb holmes says:

    Many thanks, Bjorn, for the welcome and well-appreciated praise.

  15. troy P. says:

    I liked the multiple layers of inspiration used to craft these 100 words – nicely done!

  16. rgayer55 says:

    Up, up, and away.

  17. Interesting image,artistic photography. Your description goes well with it.

  18. annisik51 says:

    Loved this. I saw these structures and activities as symbols and metaphors too. Ann

  19. Dee says:

    Loved the way you used the music, fits in with the image so well. Enjoyed this very much

  20. vbholmes says:

    They seemed to play off one another when I was writing this piece. Thanks for commenting.

  21. Neatly done tale with a daud of philosophy thrown in.
    What’s not to like?

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