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Cellar Door

The cellar door you left open,
Held the lock you had broken
The Pain you had hidden 
Was down the unlit stairs

Step by step I had fallen
My footsteps where like crawling
Time went by so slow
I couldnt seem to bear

As I went to step again,
I realized it was the end
I waited for my eyes to adjust
But only darkness sunk in.

I called your name
It broke through the still air
I heard a response
No, just my echo

I walked blindly through the cold
I was searching for your soul
Because it held mine
Because you are mine.

I reached out to feel a touch
But only air was in reach of such
My worry grew more
My footsteps grew louder

I called your name
It broke through still air
I heard a response
No, just my echo

I heard a loud crash
Somewhere from the back
I abruptly turned around
As I headed for the stairs

I crawled up the steps
Each one caught my breath
I looked toward the light
So dim, yet so bright

I screamed your name
It broke through still air
I heard a response
No, just a my echo

As I finally reached the top
The cellar door was locked
I pushed with all my might
My pushing grew to fight

I cried your name
It broke through the still air
I heard a response
No, just my echo

I couldnt breath
Where could you be?
Where am I
What am I?

I felt a gentle tap
Chills ran up my back
I turned around and saw you
As i saw me.

I reached out to touch your face
But I just hit glass
You turned silver,
Spread unto a wall.

I blinked and you were gone
I was gone
I stared into a mirror
And glared at the familiar stranger

The celler door was closed and locked

Was I ever inside? 

And if you were never here,

                                                               Then who and what was I?

I cried your name
It broke through the still glass
I saw a response
No, just a reflection.

Copyright © Catherine Adams | Year Posted 2010


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  1. Date: 3/10/2016 12:26:00 AM

    Catherine, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Please keep writing, hope to see a new one from you again. LOVE LINDA
  1. Date: 7/5/2015 2:13:00 AM

    C Adams :) Wonderful poem, I enjoyed dropping by. Love SKAT
  1. Date: 4/9/2010 8:13:00 PM

    My Lovely wife Christi is right..This one really stands out. Bravo!
  1. Date: 4/8/2010 3:48:00 PM

    Congrats on being featured. I am so glad I came across this haunting piece.
  1. Date: 4/8/2010 9:29:00 AM

    Congrats Catherine on "Cellar Door" being featured. Vince
  1. Date: 4/8/2010 2:50:00 AM

    Congratulations on your featured poem this week Catherine. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 4/5/2010 7:36:00 AM

    Many congrats on your featured piece this week. Rgds Janette
  1. Date: 4/4/2010 4:37:00 PM

    enjoyed reading today, good one!!
  1. Date: 4/4/2010 3:36:00 PM

    Interesting perspective for the reader to ponder about. Congratulations on having your poem featured. I wish you ongoing success with your writing. Karen
  1. Date: 4/4/2010 1:25:00 PM

    Catherine, many congratulations on your poetry being featured this week >> James
  1. Date: 4/4/2010 11:00:00 AM

    Very nice and entertaining. Congratualtions on your featured poem. Ernilando
  1. Date: 2/20/2010 5:08:00 PM

    suspense filled poem! a delight to read! my friend Catherine! yes, I have been away a while too, my computer is down and am gettin' a new one in a week or so, I so enjoyed hearing from you! you lifted my spirits tonite! and I will look for you my friend, again...goodbye for now, jimbo
  1. Date: 2/20/2010 10:17:00 AM

    This is so compelling, Catherine. The journey down the cellar stairs is difficult to make, especially when you are waiting for a response from someone who has locked you out of their life. You are human, just like the rest of us. And your poem touched me deeply. Hope you find your way to a better place. Love, Carolyn