|Two gnomes at the gate of the Matthaei Botanical Garden.|
|All four gnomes guarding the gate (without the wine)|
A number of bloggers who create interesting arts and crafts are currently producing images using the theme of doors opening and closing. I've found this a theme appropriate in so many ways, especially as the beginning of each year is always seen as one door closing and another opening -- going back to the Roman door god Janus who had two faces looking forward and backward. I found the following poem on the same theme.
Doors opening, closing on us
By Marge Piercy
Maybe there is more of the magical
in the idea of a door than in the door
itself. It’s always a matter of going
through into something else. But
while some doors lead to cathedrals
arching up overhead like stormy skies
and some to sumptuous auditoriums
and some to caves of nuclear monsters
most just yield a bathroom or a closet.
Still, the image of a door is liminal,
passing from one place into another
one state to the other, boundaries
and promises and threats. Inside
to outside, light into dark, dark into
light, cold into warm, known into
strange, safe into terror, wind
into stillness, silence into noise
or music. We slice our life into
segments by rituals, each a door
to a presumed new phase. We see
ourselves progressing from room
to room perhaps dragging our toys
along until the last door opens
and we pass at last into was.
It's a great poem. I think that this whole idea of one door closing and another opening is a bit of a universal philosophical theme. I can think of doors that have opened for me that have worked wonderfully well, yet in other cases I failed to recognize the opportunity that was presented to me.
Hi Mae, I love your post today, and the poem at the end. Doors make a fascinating theme indeed. And when you start to think about it you see more and more. When I was younger I took every opportunity to open new doors, but these days it's not so easy! Have a great week, w
This is lovely, thank you!
Makes me think of a door closing but yet seeming ajar, with possibilities to its fully opening again. Happy holidays!
I was stumped by Valerie's theme this month and really didn't seem to connect it to real life. I'm delighted you shared the poem, which helps put it into perspective. I'm hoping this will be your T Tuesday post, where the gnomes share their wine with us. I think these gates are fabulous, too. Happy T day, dear.
This is really a lovely post.
Hi Mae, I loved the poem especially, and I love gnomes I have a collection of them-glad the gardens have an open gate again Happy T wishes Kathy
I hope you share some photos of the gardens Mae. These gates are so fun, and perfect for T too. Have a great T day and week ahead Mae. Hugs-Erika
I understand your relief to being able to visit the gardens again. Such a calming place to be. I always find gardens perfect refuges. I love how you added the wine glasses to the gnome guards.
Wine drinking gnomes :):):)
Great poem and a wonderful way to connect it to a door theme. happy T day!
What an interesting poem. You are lucky things are open enough where you live to go and visit.
Love your gnomes. Will need to look of the "Nacker" - a huge Nutcracker - is back in town.
Great, true poem.
l'image est étrange autant que le poème magnifique
Mae, I love your poem, but your altered photo steals the show! I LOVE it!!!!!! Such a fun post for this week. Happy T-day and hugz!!!!
Love the happy gnomes and the poem is so apropos. Happy T Day!
Those are big gnomes! They make great greeters :) Happy T Tuesday
Love the poem and the gnomes, didn't realise that you had added the wineglasses until you said lol. Happy International T Day! Elle/EOTC xx
The gnomes are so fun! Great poem, too. Have a great week!
As we approach a new year, I am always lifted up in a feeling of new beginnings. The door is opening.
Love Matthei and these wonderful greeters!
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