An Open Gate

I left the back gate open

Into the woods

Unknowingly inviting,

Who entered

The shaggy yard

Into moonlight

Out of forest shadows?

First creeping shyly

Hesitant, unsure of danger,

Then bounding unfettered

Breathing open air

Enjoying the space and flowers,

There were spider webs

Jeweled in the morning dew,

Did the Sidhe Folk join you

Losing their hoods and cloaks

In the wild dance?

Perhaps I’ll take

Some inviting portal,

One breathless pause

Then entering

To find an unexpected meadow,

I’ll chance that open gate,

Life awaits.

©2019 Maggie Grimes

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