Poem by George Held: Stay Up

Staying vertical in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo. August, 2018.


Stay Up!

By George Held


I tell myself

whenever I take a walk:


Don’t stumble and fall

again, the way you did


some months ago,

landing on your hip


but with no break,

only bruises.


You can’t count on

your luck forever:


Break your hip or pelvis

and you’ll be in grave


shape, so stay up!

Stay up! … it’s imperative


if you want to

stay alive.



From the cast of The Most Happy Fella, 1956