Photo prompt – The stairway

I wrote a while ago about a book I loved as a child. It was, in many ways, both an early horror story and a tale of hope. When I took this picture, it reminded me of that book, Down the Snow Stairs by Alice Corkran. Imagination followed memory into the strange lands of which she had written and I found something magical in the image.

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For this week’s photo prompt,Β  use the image to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… by Wednesday 30th March and link back to this post with a pingback. The first few posts will feature on the blog during the week and all posts will be included in a round up on Thursday.

Feel free to use the photo in your post if you wish.

Have fun!


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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38 Responses to Photo prompt – The stairway

  1. newsferret says:

    In the About Sue I love this “Owned by the Small Dog.” Welcome to the club Sue, albeit here they are large dogs. Not even gone 48 hours and already I miss them.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Ani’s interpretation of her size is more of an emotional hook, I believe. She is small compared, say, to a great Dane… Setters are not exactly lap dogs, though she would disagree πŸ˜‰


  2. It really is a very haunting photo, Sue. I can see how it stirred memory and imagination. Hugs.


  3. Beautiful and magical prompt, Sue. I’ll see if I can stir up the old imagination πŸ™‚


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  9. Helen Jones says:

    This is a gorgeous photo, Sue – it looks like Narnia πŸ™‚ Right, will see if I can write something before the deadline this week!


  10. My comment to the image in poetry:

    Is it possible that, lost in thought,
    I failed to note the steep incline of
    the stairs after last night’s snowfall?

    Or did I contemplate the meaning
    of last night’s nightmare dream when
    the ceiling light fixture fell on my head?

    Oh, it was only a dream, right? Why
    then did I scream and shout out
    “help me” loudly to awaken both of us?

    Reminding myself to be more careful
    in the future, I finally got upright and
    continued my morning jaunt in nature.

    Loved the image very much.

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  14. KL Caley says:

    Wow what a beautifully haunting photo Sue. Been away for a few days so running a little late on entering but will hopefully get an entry by tomorrow πŸ™‚


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  18. Bastet says:

    Very nice … an inspiration!


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  20. hi Sue πŸ™‚ thanks for the prompt. Here’s a kyrielle from me ❀


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  23. Wonderful writing and very inspiring, Sue πŸ™‚


  24. Erik says:

    Sorry to have missed this one! I’ll try to keep an eye out for future prompts.

    My first “real book” (i.e. novel) was one I read at the age of six: The Farthest Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks. A friend bought me a copy for a recent birthday, and I was hesitant to read it, afraid it wouldn’t seem as good to my adult mind, that it would alter the magical feeling of the images my child-mind held of it. However, much to the contrary, I enjoyed it just as much the second time!

    Thanks for reviving the memory.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      C.S.Lewis wrote that ‘a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.’ I’m inclined to agree with him…and still read children’s books. I’m still the same child inside πŸ™‚


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