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Poem: "The Four Gates" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Four Gates"
This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fill the "change" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo Fest.

"The Four Gates"

There are four gates
that people pass through
on life's journey --

the beginning of the quest
and the introduction to family;

the transition from childhood to adulthood
and the awakening of desire;

the shift from "I" to "we"
and nest of the next generation;

the end of the quest
and the return to Spirit from whence we came;

and all of these passages
we undertake together
in love and fellowship

except for the last.

* * *


Rites of passage mark the major transitions of life.  Most cultures have some way of observing birth, puberty, marriage, and death.

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