03 January 2018

Opening to the Living

Rooms by the Sea, 1951 by Edward Hopper
Rooms by the Sea, 1951 by Edward Hopper


Which door will we open wide so
humans will reveal their faces?
Simple doorways are all we need
to imagine better places.

The lucky ones, those not locked in,
are leaning out the doorways now
gathering cloud and clay and life
to build what we don’t know how.

Recipes, patterns and blueprints
won't help us.  Our senses tell us
“Lean further than ever before,
and trust in your inner voices.”

What will we find?  What will we make?
We know little before we start.
But, O, the freedom is thrilling!
It freshens and reshapes our hearts.



For my Prompt Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Doorways



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18 comments:

Sumana Roy said...

Aah...We always need This doorway to look forward to & take a leap of faith. Thanks for this beautiful prompt Susan.

Anonymous said...

Nice rhythm and rhyme, added to the sound, but not intrusive. I like the apparent simplicity, and the depth of meaning.

Thotpurge said...

gathering cloud and clay and life... that's so beautiful and hopeful!!

Trådløs said...

Yes, the freedom is thrilling. I like the positive "Yes to life" mood in your poem and the suggestion to let our senses lead us on

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

'darwaza khulla rakhna'' keep the door of friendship always open ..wonderful new poem,inspiring,encouraging hopeful

annell said...

hummm....perhaps you are right, doorways, reshape our hearts. We have but to go through, and we are in a new place....

Bekkie Sanchez said...

We do have the freedom, to be different and make a difference! May the one's "locked in" find their freedom this year perhaps it will push us over the brink to something awesome!

Rob Jackson said...

Interesting how some might already outside the door preparing what is beyond for those that follow.

Sherry Marr said...

I love "Lean farther than ever before and trust your inner voices." I am trying to write a poem but so far it is so stark and gloomy I dare not publish it. Waiting for a lighter tone.

Frank J. Tassone said...

"What will we find? What will we make?
We know little before we start.
But, O, the freedom is thrilling!
It freshens and reshapes our hearts."

Oh, how true! The push-pull of fear and faith! Wonderful write!

Sara McNulty said...

I love the mood of this poem, truly uplifting.

Kim Russell said...

I like the way the poem starts with a question and a choice, and the idea that 'Simple doorways are all we need / to imagine better places'. I also like the way the poem progresses to the lucky ones 'gathering cloud and clay and life'. Plenty of expectation!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

May there indeed be such doorways to find!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Opening new doors and having the freedom to do so, is indeed thrilling, but sometimes scary.
Opening doors for others, those locked in, refreshes our inner spirit, although sometimes can backfire.
In both instances, it takes courage to open those doors...
(Love your words BTW.)
Anna :o]

Mary said...

Perhaps if humans would reveal their faces instead of hiding who they are there would be a brighter tomorrow. The freedom would indeed be thrilling.

Dan Julian said...

This poem really speaks to me. I'm glad I read it.

kaykuala said...

But, O, the freedom is thrilling!
It freshens and reshapes our hearts.
But, O, the freedom is thrilling!
It freshens and reshapes our hearts

The beauty of not being restricted but allowed freedom of movements and creation can be so exhilarating. It would progress and develop positively at every step of the way! Very much so, Susan!

Hank

The Bizza said...

Relentlessly optimistic. Love this.