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Three Doors--Three Keys


		
		I used to think, when I was very young
		and immature, how splendid it would be
		to know my entire future in detail.
		Then one night, in a dream, I held a key.

		I rushed and found the door that bore my name.
		Then just as I was poised to bring to light
		what was to be, God's hand reached down and claimed
		both key and door. They vanished from my sight.

			************************

		I longed to pen poetic gems and sought
		the key to waken genius in my mind.
		One day a golden door and key appeared.
		A voice said, "What you need, in here you'll find."

		I found a note intended just for me:
		"You dolt, true genius doesn't wait to be
		released behind gold doors by charmed hands.
		And, rest assured, there is no magic key.

			************************ 

		When I retired from teaching, I acquired
		a special key that lets me frequently
		into a lively world that needs me and
		expels my crisis of identity.

		Behind this plain white door the key unlocks,
		I take my place as counselor and friend,
		playmate and driver, referee and cook		
		for two grandkids it is my joy to tend.



May 6, 2017--entered in Brian Strand's Spring Premier Contest (25 lines max,
any topic and form)

		
		

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Date: 4/16/2017 12:45:00 AM
A lovely piece. Upcountry rereading this one I feel I should have placed it higher. Thanks for entering my contest.
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/16/2017 6:01:00 AM
Richard, thank you so much for sponsoring the contest, for placing my poem, and for the nice comment! Janice
Date: 10/20/2016 9:47:00 AM
We never know what new keys will unlock unexpected joys, Janice. I can relate to your lovely poem, and congratulations on your fine placement in this Premiere Contest. Hugs, Sandra
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 10/20/2016 12:11:00 PM
Thanks so much, Sandra! Janice
Date: 10/20/2016 9:33:00 AM
I share these feelings, the experience of teacher/parent/grandparent as such a precious gift to hold. Hang tight to the key to what is important most of all Congratulations on your win !!
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 10/20/2016 12:12:00 PM
Carrie, thank you so much! Janice
Date: 10/20/2016 8:51:00 AM
Congratulations Janice on your placement in the Best of contest. I am not a grandparent but maybe someday...
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 10/20/2016 12:13:00 PM
Thanks so much, Daniel! Janice
Date: 10/20/2016 8:16:00 AM
I can see why you chose this one, excellent writing. Congratulations and a gold star!
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 10/20/2016 8:19:00 AM
Thanks so much, Richard! Janice
Date: 8/2/2016 12:04:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Janice, thank you for entering. Hugs Eve
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 8/2/2016 12:08:00 PM
Thanks for sponsoring the contest and for placing my poem, Eve. Janice
Date: 8/2/2016 4:14:00 AM
Congrats Janice, for your placement with this wonderfully, penned poem!! ;-)
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 8/2/2016 9:03:00 AM
Thank you so much, Teddy! Janice
Date: 7/5/2016 8:51:00 AM
Very well thought out poem.
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 7/5/2016 11:11:00 AM
Thanks so much, Victor. Janice