Ever open

This nostalgic poem takes us back to a time when our front door was always open. Neighbours popped in for a cuppa or to borrow some sugar, and a sense of community and friendship was all around. 

Ever Open 

Chamber pots, below your bed, a feather pillow for your head,
An oven plate to warm your feet, brown paper wrapped to keep it neat,
Black – leaded grates, red – painted step, a ‘peg rug’ on the floor,
A time of want and ‘getting by’, – with an ever open door.

A neighbour you could borrow’ from, and give back in return,
Someone always there for you, a lesson here to learn,
With nothing to be ‘jealous’ of, when we were young and poor,
We had more friends beside us then, – with an ever open door.

An old and stained brown teapot, was ever on the go,
As friends popped in to stay awhile, to smoke a ‘pasha’ for a blow,
And as the loose brown tea – leaves, strained and dripped forevermore,
We chatted with those friends who came, – through that ever open door.

When you have very little, it is then you’re at your best,
You find your true-est friends then, who never were impressed,
They did not want bone – china, or fine carpet on the floor,
Just a smile for them, – and a welcome, – through an ever open door!

Mick
( Copyright Michael Westwood 2014 )

About the author

Mick Westwood
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I am a 71 year old retired coal miner, who spent 30 years working underground. Having time on my hands, and in order to keep my brain exercised, I decided to try to write poetry and put down on paper some of my life experience, and my hopes, dreams and other thoughts. I also do a little gardening, but I am hopeless at housework. Much to my wife's displeasure.

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Kes
29th Mar 2016
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I wish we could have an ever open door today, but sadly, that would be impossible. Nice to think about those times though. Thank you Mick.
Issy
7th Mar 2016
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Absolutely loved your poem Ever Open Door it actually brought a tear to my eyes taking me back to a time when our doors were never locked and people were made welcome at any time and everything stopped for a cup of tea and friendly chat Thank you for the memories of happier times
kattie75
4th Mar 2016
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Oh I wish I could put words together like these poems and verse lovely
Thank you

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