leaving home


life portals bear import
more than ports of call
they demand deportment

choose to step through
this door to the other side
as it shuts quietly behind

there’s no going back now

the goodbyes and hellos of
these unmasked emotions
express momentous change

leave outgrown past for
future’s fresh opportunities
every end is new beginning




I stare at empty nest as our fourth son is now married and moved out…and Anmol (HA) hosts dVerse poetics with interesting with “portals” prompt.  How fitting!


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 24, 2020 @ 14:52:19

    We all had those moments… myself I’m happy with the doors I have opened.


  2. Beverly Crawford
    May 21, 2020 @ 13:42:23

    Every end IS a new beginning, providing we don’t waste our time dwelling on what’s past!


  3. merrildsmith
    May 21, 2020 @ 06:02:35

    You are so right about life’s portals!


  4. Madhuri Sakhamuri
    May 21, 2020 @ 02:52:21

    this is beautiful Lynn..much love:)keep safe


  5. Victoria Stuart
    May 20, 2020 @ 10:31:32

    Such a great ending “every end is new beginning.”


  6. Frank Hubeny
    May 20, 2020 @ 09:56:44

    Good point about every end being a new beginning. There’s no going back but there is going forward.


  7. kim881
    May 20, 2020 @ 02:20:22

    I love a coincidence, Lynn, and although it is hard to say goodbye to our children, especially when they get married and are ‘gone for good’, it is such a happy portal! I love the play on words in the opening lines and the wistfulness of:
    ‘there’s no going back now

    the goodbyes and hellos of
    these unmasked emotions
    express momentous change’.
    The isolation of ‘there’s no going back now’ says it all.


  8. msjadeli
    May 19, 2020 @ 23:21:09

    this’es are turning into thats all the time…


  9. anmol(alias HA)
    May 19, 2020 @ 22:31:29

    I love how the theme worked out so well, given your experience just now. Such wisdom in your words — “there’s no going back now” spoke to me. 🙂


  10. memadtwo
    May 19, 2020 @ 21:31:45

    We can’t always choose our entrances and exits, but as you say, each threshold provides a new opportunity. (K)


  11. ~M
    May 19, 2020 @ 20:57:30

    Nice one! 🙂


  12. rothpoetry
    May 19, 2020 @ 19:08:56

    It reminded me of my Granddaughters one that missed High School Graduation poratl and her sister who missed her UNC-Chapel Hill graduation. Both now enter portals of a different sort, missing closure as the door swings shut behind them!
    Well done… opportunities for new adventures!


  13. Grace
    May 19, 2020 @ 17:54:58

    The first step is an act of stepping through, and behold a new beginning awaits us.
    Take care !


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