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Thoughts on a Staircase

Here is yet another poem from my pre-professional musician days, which again gives an insight into my state of mind, and desire to break free from the confines of gainful employment!

A staircase recently

A staircase recently

Thoughts on a Staircase

I can’t be what I want to be
I’m trapped inside an industry
I’m labelled worthless
Maybe that’s not far wrong
The only things I offer
Are my drawings and my songs

I don’t think that I’ve been understood
But I can stand the test of time
My thoughts are there
Should people want them
But don’t forget that they are mine

And the drip from the tap
In the bathroom of my flat
Marks the minutes and the seconds of my day
As I stagger up the staircase, dimly lit
To watch the ailing sunlight fade away

It’s not a pleasant world in which we live
But my music serves to bring a smile to some
And if one in a million people love to hear our music
It can’t be a crime to try to please someone.

Copyright Kev Moore September 18th, 1978


January 3, 2009 - Posted by | Art, Cafe Literati, Kev Moore's Poetry, life, literature, Music, personal, writing | , , , , , ,


  1. I like that!
    In dreams the staircase is always a symbol for spiritual aspirations. Going up means you are seeking higher aspirations but going down means going into ones deep unconscious.
    I have long and involved nightmares involving endless staircases, usually backstairs of a massive hotel. I often wake within the dream and take some control but even so, it becomes extremely frustrating to be going up and up and never reaching the top.
    Does anyone else have lucid dreams?

    Comment by viv66 | January 3, 2009

  2. 1978… an old poem but so still topical, Kevin. On the contrary of your last sentences, I would say that it will be a crime not to try to please someone.
    It is what I feel when I am listening your music inspired by Miki’s fantascapes. I enjoy it. Thank you for this gift.

    My english is not enough good to express correctly my thoughts ! Sorry…

    Comment by Joël | January 4, 2009

  3. How nice to see you here, Joel! I wonder if you drink coffee by the way.. or rather tea?
    I am amazed by these old poems from Kevin. And Of course it is very touching for me, especially to see how deeply he already loved music. how much he needed it in his life, and to see that today, 30 years later, nothing has changed, he is still totally possessed by music…
    He is one of the very few people I have met in my life who unconditionally live (and suffer sometimes!) their passions. This alone deserves a lot of respect and admiration, and as you know, he has MY! I feel he has yours too, and this is the best gift you can make … to me!

    Comment by Miki | January 4, 2009

  4. Miki, I like coffee so much ! And it is not a joke, I was drinking one when I was reading “dinner for one” et the Kevin’s poem… Nice texts…
    Kevin (and you too !) are multitalented artists and I guess you’re living your passions everyday : let me say I am very impressed of that.
    Sincerely yours.

    Comment by Joël | January 4, 2009

  5. Happy to see you in our cafe, Joel! -and many thanks for your kind comments, and you express your thoughts far better in English than I am able in French!

    Comment by kevmoore | January 4, 2009

  6. Well, Joel, I am sure that soon we will share a coffee together! Kevin and me like it not strong, without sugar and one fifth milk 🙂

    Comment by Miki | January 4, 2009

  7. Viv, what do you mean with “lucid dreams”? Dreams which we remember, or dreams in the day time when we are awake?
    About 30 years ago I made some dream research and wrote all my dreams down. It was an incredible amount, and incredibly powerful dreams. I had certainly at least 2000 pages full of dreams… I don’t know where they are now, and I am quite sad about it, as the dreamed stories were really extraordinary.

    Comment by Miki | January 4, 2009

  8. 🙂 ok, Miki, I promise you a coffee like you like it : it is quite waiting for you in Lyon… 🙂

    Comment by Joël | January 4, 2009

  9. Lucid dreams are a very interesting kind of dream where we wake up in the dream and become aware(Lucid) that we are dreaming. The first time this happens, you usually wake up totally because it’s such a shock. Once you have had a bit of practise at it, you can change the direction of the dream and choose what you want to do. I often choose to take to the skies and fly. It’s particularly useful to deal with nightmares; you can take control of the dream and deal with whatever scares you. In shamanic terms, dreams are like journeys(shamanic explorations of other worlds) where you can do great works. I did go on a weekend workshop on shamanic dreaming a year or two ago but I walked out on the first morning and got the train home; it and the leader wasn’t what I thought it was and I was pretty unhappy about it.
    I dream a great deal of my stories; have a notebook by the bed to write down the images and ideas when I wake.

    Comment by viv66 | January 4, 2009

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