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Nancy Byrd Turner: Death is a Door
Photo of the Rose Garden Door - Johnson Park, Tenafly, NJ, taken by Christina
"My mom and I used to go to Johnson Park to see the roses..."

DEATH IS A DOOR

Death is only an old door
Set in a garden wall;
On gentle hinges, it gives, at dusk
When the thrushes call.

Along the lintel are green leaves
Beyond the light lies still;
Very willing and weary feet
Go over that sill.

There is nothing to trouble any heart;
Nothing to hurt at all.
Death is only a quiet door
in an old wall.

Written by Nancy Byrd Turner