The Poetry Portal

Ellen Liberatori

We thank you for your submissions of poetry to the Portal and I am delighted that many of you felt the inspiration to write about the paths that we travel along life’s journey.   Here are some of the submissions that we received.  As we near the end of 2014, we are on the threshold passing through the great doors to the New Year.  I have such wanting for its possibilities and yet such uncertainty. 


NOT knowing when the dawn will come

  I open every door;

Or has it feathers like a bird,

  Or billows like a shore?


These lines of verse from Emily Dickinson encourage us to be seekers, to be brave and in the three images that we have chosen for Doors, encourage you to be expansive.  To open every door, whether they are the Baptistery doors of Firenze, the door of the stranger coming through, or the gates of the Shinto Shrine calling all the kami forth.  We invite you to write and send your most beloved poems.  I encourage you as Krishnamurti,  “…to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand.”  As you enter through the gates and doors of the New Year.  We hope you will send your poems to by February 15th.