John Rickell

Rookie - 235 Points (november 1945 / York)

The Gate Latch - Poem by John Rickell

I had not known a day so quick
darkness soon upon us, the gate
sombre in its cloak of moss
tight shut, the latch wrought,
forged so many years ago
in flame and blacksmith sweat,
smote by hammer, made in smoke
alongside patient horses
ploughing-shear and hinges
and hammer-welded chains.
Rough hands gentle as the dove
twisting rods for garden gates
fire-side fender and the sickle;
as children at the open door,
bronze in the firelight glow
on their way from school
in the darkening eve
watch the latch, like magic,
its nativity before their eyes.
Curving handle, still today,
wrought with love and skill
by hands not made for love,
metamorphosed at evening light
I pressed the latch felt the hammer blows
Of yester-year, clang and clatter
children curled in feather quilts,
mum and dad not yet asleep.

Comments about The Gate Latch by John Rickell

  • Gold Star - 54,880 Points Gajanan Mishra (1/19/2014 8:46:00 AM)

    good writing, love and skill, thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 19, 2014

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