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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