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.
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!
( Copyright Michael Westwood 2014 )
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