Clinging Vine by Margery Wells Steer


Clinging Vine*

We always wanted to be self-reliant

The weakness of old age makes us defiant

The Strong, free-standing people we admired

To be like them we always aspired

But that’s a goal the years make us resign

And now we change our role to clinging vine

Reluctantly we find it is our duty

To Show the world another kind of beauty

by Margery Wells Steer*

Last month I wrote about discovering the poetry of Margery Wells Steer. The picture above of one of my favorite anonymous couples reminded me of the poem Clinging Vine. I hadn’t seen them much this winter but yesterday couldn’t resist. This poem as do most in Margery’s book make me appreciate life and scenery in Cape May. You should grab a copy.


*Clinging Vine from The View in Winter by Margery Wells Steer, published by Southbound Press and used with permission.

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  1. March 5, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    What a lovely sentiment, and thanks for linking it to this, one of my favorite poems by my grandmother. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed her gentle but strong evolution from matriarch to receiver of care and finally, to spirit.

  2. suzanne taylor
    March 5, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    John,they are a lovely couple and both live here in my neck of the woods.They dote on each other and like several of my older neighbors they’ve shown me how to age gracefully. The poem you posted with the picture is perfect.Thank you.It’s sleeting right now on Washington St.and they and I are sitting inside looking out.

  3. Diane Hutchinson
    March 5, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Beautiful poem. I can’t help but smile when I see them walking up or down Washington Street.

    • JohnCooke
      March 5, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks for reading Diane- Its a great little book of poetry by Margery. Sometime Id like to interview you or Ed about retiring from the Innkeeping business and your careers.