When one door closes…

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I go, but do not mourn for me

Or grieve that I will never see

The springtime blossom on the tree

Bear autumn gold.


The journey calls, the way is clear,

No longer will you find me here,

The door will close without a tear,

The hearth is cold.


Perhaps these walls will soon forget

The memories they hold, and yet

I leave them gladly, no regret

The bell has tolled.


I’m following a new-born star.

I go, but I do not go far,

(It takes two minutes in the car

Or so I’m told.)


I’m moving house; within new walls

I’ll wait until adventure calls

(While fetching endless tennis balls

From where they’ve rolled.)


But just for now, it’s madness here

And Moving Day draws all too near

As one by one the rooms I clear

And pack and fold.


The dog’s escaped and on the run,

So if you miss me till I’m done,

It’s not as if I’m having fun

On moor and wold.


I’m packing boxes, bags and case

As daily, ‘gainst the clock I race

And small, self-walking dogs I chase

When off she’s strolled.


The house around me is a tip,

The old arthritis gives me gyp,

Much more of this, I think I’ll flip!

I’m feeling old…


But in a week or so I know

I’ll have a brand new home to grow

With seeds of laughter I can sow

If I am bold.


So do not mourn the ancient tree,

I’ll plant another just for me

And from my armchair* watch and see

New roots take hold.

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*Okay, so I don’t actually have an armchair yet***.

**Ani says she’ll let me share her sofa for a while.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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63 Responses to When one door closes…

  1. Recliner. Only way to go. Enough room for you AND Ani.


  2. barbtaub says:

    Good luck with your move. And wishing you the perfect armchair (so Ani can have her sofa back).


  3. Ritu says:

    Good luck with your move Sue 😍


  4. somawrites says:

    Time to move and make new friends, time to start anew in a different location… Best wishes as you move and loads of laughter… I know you are bold!


  5. jenanita01 says:

    Moving house is definitely a nightmare, but I am always secretly excited! I must have gipsy blood…


  6. Bun Karyudo says:

    I thought this was hilarious, Sue. When I started reading it, I could feel my tear ducts getting ready and I reached over for a paper tissue in preparation. I didn’t see where you were going with it at all. Excellent! 😀


  7. jhbooksblog says:

    This is beautiful Sue and I love your pictures! Good to be in touch. Jx


  8. stevetanham says:

    Reblogged this on stevetanham and commented:
    Sue’s moving words…


  9. I too started getting that lump in my throat. Very cleaver Sue, it felt like good news from the doctor. Happy moving,.,.,.,,,,:o)


  10. Mary Smith says:

    Lots of luck with all the packing and the move, Sue. I’m emptying my kitchen before having a new one fitted (only 20 years since we moved in!) and that’s more stressful than I expected. An entire house!!!
    Love that Ani is being helpful and taking herself off for walks by herself to let you get on with things.


  11. fransiweinstein says:

    Moving is a royal pain but once you’re in your new home it’s a brand new adventure. Hope your move is an easy one. Enjoy your new place — may it be filled with good health, good friends and good times. All the very best Sue!


  12. Denis1950 says:

    Wonderful poem Sue to celebrate your new home and Ani’s


  13. Best of luck to you with the move. Another adventure in life.


  14. Excellent! Loved it Sue. Awww isn’t Ani a kind little soul…


  15. Having moved 22 times I’m going to give you a special secret. (Come closer I don’t want anyone else to know) *wine* Jugs of it.


  16. Helen Jones says:

    Good luck with the move, Sue – the new place sounds lovely 🙂


  17. Beautiful poem. I am also in the midst of moving… Know you’re not alone in your angst and pain, ha. 😊


  18. A nice poem to celebrate the new home… 🙂 a new chapter of the book called Life…


  19. dgkaye says:

    Lovely poem Sue. And I wish you much strength and luck with your move. I know what it takes out of us. At least you have Ani to help you, lol. 🙂 ❤


  20. alienorajt says:

    Lovely, Sue, just lovely: funny and touching and sweet. I’ll be thinking of you. Hugs. xxx


  21. We’ve moved house many times. You’ve definitely captured the chaos, exhilaration, and sadness that accompanies leaving one house and setting down roots in another. Enjoy your new home!


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