Last Night I Saw Upon the Stair

Last night I saw upon the stair
a little man who was not there
he wasn’t there again tonight
gee whiz I wish he’d go away

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ogden Nash's poem Last Night I Saw Upon the Stair

9 Comments

  1. bre says:

    has anyone seen the movie identity with john cusac???? watch it then tell me if this poem reminds you of anything

  2. Teri says:

    Thought I’d add this which I saw upon a wall almost washed away :
    Today I climbed a stairand saw a man who was not there
    I climbed the stair again today
    I wish, i wish
    he go away

    I also found another site with posts and theres so many versions!

  3. Teri says:

    Who is this man upon a stair? A stair means what, please can anyone help me out I dare!

  4. M. Taylor says:

    Is direct plagiarisation of Hughes Mearns’ poem, apart from a couple of exclamation marks. Shame on him.

  5. Dale C. Ferguson says:

    This poem is a blatant plagiarism of one by Hughes Mearns (1875-1965)

    Antigonish (1899)

    As I was going up the stair
    I met a man who wasn’t there!
    He wasn’t there again today!
    I wish, I wish he’d stay away!

  6. megan hammer says:

    his poems are very good i loved them all well all the ones that i seen

  7. caitlynn says:

    cool!!! LLLLLOVVVVVVVE I!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Harish Somayaji says:

    Hi David…that was pretty cool….

  9. David McArthur says:

    I am that man upon the stair
    The man at whom you stand and stare
    Your conscience pricks
    And makes you glare
    Yet I am here
    And you are there
    You live your life
    I haunt these rooms
    For you the sunlight
    For me these tombs
    Record not
    Your mind doeth hold
    Of evil doings
    And slashes bold
    Where once you held me dear as friend
    T’was you who brought my grisly end

    So if you wish me to go away
    ‘Tis a penance you shall pay
    To see me on this stair each day
    ‘Til end of time,
    til you go away.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding the meaning or the theme of this poem by Ogden Nash better? If accepted, your analysis will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.