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Stairway to heaven (or the location of a little man)?

It’s in a catherdral, so maybe the former? Most likely just a stairway to the upper gallaries and the clock-tower though.

This picture instantly brings to mind the poem, Antigonish:

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there!
He wasn’t there again today,
Oh how I wish he’d go away!”

When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door…

Last night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn’t there,
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…

© William Hughes Mearns

As I was going up the stair

Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°

Taken on 7 September 2022


4 thoughts on “Stairway to heaven (or the location of a little man)?

  1. I see you’ve gone back to uploading images at their full resolution. I’m certainly not going to complain. 😉

    I hadn’t heard or read this poem in a million years, but the image does match it well.

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    1. Thanks -N-.

      My main memory ois of its use in Sapphire & Steel, a British sci-fi / supernatural TV show from the late 70s / early 80s starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum. One episode featured a faceless man on a staircase and the poem was used throughout the story.

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