The Secret Staircase


What if life is actually about us climbing 'The Secret Staircase', where along the way we are taught lessons and offered opportunities? Challenging the choices that some will make of experiences over people, as they contemplate the importance of each in the grand scale of things.

London artist and poet, Elle Smith makes beautiful verse in her original contemporary poem, which gives an alternative perspective for the meaning and purpose of life. 

This original poem contains some beautiful and reflective thoughts, which will linger in the mind for some time after reading this verse. Poetry that is inspirational about the path of life, as it transcends the journey we all unwittingly take, whilst not knowing which doors will unlock happiness or sadness. 


Original poem The Secret Staircase Elle Smith Contemporary poetry


The Secret Staircase


Someone once told me

of a secret staircase.

We are taught to ascend,

from the moment of birth.

Readily we choose,

all others to forget,

desperately clinging,

to whatever living

we can get.

Zero to infinity,

is where we all go.

Some with more worries,

to daily forego.

Those stairs are paved,

with golden threads,

things and opportunity,

collected instead.

Live this life well.

Respect all who care.

Love until it is too much,

for your heart to bear.

Today, tomorrow,

whenever the time comes,

make sure your life,

is beautifully presented,

and moreover

well done.


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6 Responses


April 16, 2017

I truly enjoyed this poem. The depth of truth in this poem is endless. Captivating, Inspirational and contemporary poetry. it’s so beautiful and and Love it.. Great work, keep it up! My regards to Elle Smith


November 22, 2016

Hi Elle,

Wow, what a beautiful and inspirational poem.

This verse: “Those stairs are paved, with golden threads, things and opportunity, collected instead.”

I’ve learned that (at least for me), life isn’t about what I’ve achieved, collected or even succeeded with. It’s about transcending our limited state of consciousness (the staircase). Learning who the real “I AM” and not confusing this with our egos.

Our experiences can offer us contrast, but they don’t define us (“Desperately clinging to whatever living we can get.”)

You did a wonderful job with this. Such a simple message, but a powerful one about the way we live our lives focused on the trivial things. At least, that’s what I got out of it.

Judy Wilde
Judy Wilde

October 02, 2016

Wow inspiring poem and a great write. This is an original peom and it sounds wonderful to the ear. You’re really creative with words. Please keep it up.


October 02, 2016

In this day and age of technology, it is too easy to get wrapped up in so many things that don’t enhance our lives. In the end, it is always the little things that make our lives better. This poem is one of them. This London poet is someone to watch in the future.

Kendall O
Kendall O

October 02, 2016

Gorgeous contemporary poem… This is a caring and kind perspective on why we are here and how opportunities await us as we rise through life with friends and family. A beautiful thought on a life well lived.


October 01, 2016

Such a beautiful and inspiring poem. It makes me really want to strive hard for my dreams. It’s a great reminder to love life to the fullest!!

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