Leaving and Coming
Are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little Has been said
Of our coming through and leaving by them.
- Charles Tomlinson
Since the beginning of time,
doors have symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.
The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage
from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.
Closed doors often represent rejection and exclusion.
O god of hinges, god of long voyages, you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there. You confide yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
- Margaret Atwood
A door just opened on a street– I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed And wealth, and company.
The door as sudden shut, and I, I, lost, was passing by,
Lost doubly, but by contrast most, Enlightening misery.
– Emily Dickinson
It’s doors I’m afraid of because I can’t see through them.
Its the door opening by itself in the wind I’m afraid of.
- Margaret Atwood, Surfacing
The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort – the opening terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing.
The opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
- Andrew Rooney
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
- Flora Whittemore
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