Ernestine Northover

Veteran Poet - 1,239 Points (25th March 1943)

That Open Gate - Poem by Ernestine Northover

The path led through an open gate,
New pastures there to find.
Just a few steps were needed now,
To leave the past behind.

An unknown future awaited
My intrepid heart's desire,
To face a new tomorrow,
And set the world on fire.

Only a short distance was remaining,
Between me and the unexplored.
So I crossed the boundary to the unseen,
That on the other side, was stored.

But the track turned rough and stoney,
And was not the hoped for aim,
So I passed back through that open gate,
And returned from whence I came.


Comments about That Open Gate by Ernestine Northover

  • Alison Cassidy (5/6/2007 11:50:00 PM)

    This one reads as a 'grass is greener' theme. Sometimes you need to travel just to discover that the place where you are, right now, is just the right place to be. A thought-provoking, elegantly penned piece. I enjoyed it. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

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  • Chuck Audette (5/4/2007 9:26:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem, reads a bit like Emily Dickens (a homebody if there was one) conflicting Robert Frost's 'the Road Not Taken'. -chuck (Report) Reply

  • rachael richmond (4/23/2007 7:08:00 PM)

    a poem that suggests the comfort of familiarity. sometimes we need to take our courage in both hands and walk those extra few steps. enjoyable read. rachael. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (4/23/2007 6:33:00 PM)

    Sometimes one must venture further than the first few steps in order to be able to capture the real picture, as it unfurls....
    When i was 6, my crazy cousin said he was going to show me New York City...
    First stop...South Bronx...aka: ''Hells Kitchen''....Had i made him turn around...I would have never seen Broadway, F.A.O. Schwartz, Park avenue, the Statue of Liberty, The horse drawn carriages, or dined at Maiestro's Ristorante, before ending the day at the foot of one of the 104 altars of St. Patricks Cathedral...First impressions can cost opportunity....first steps can be awkward...Sometimes ya' just gotta ''Go for it ''and rely on time & your good sense of judgement..
    Poetess E....This be fine penning indeed, young lass... Sorry for the blathering intro...but whatelse to expect from a Marketeer.....? !

    FjR (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 23, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 17, 2011


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