Unopened Door Recurring Dream

Unopened door …

Unopened Door

It beckoned from the top of the long winding stairs,
that unopened door I could never reach, though many times I tried.

The stairway was dark and I would climb up slowly, keeping hands on the wall of each side.

There was a door at the bottom which I could easily open and it always closed behind me. I kept my eyes open wide, it was so hard to see.

I always looked up the stairs, hoping for some light. Around the second turn I could see a faint glow. A few more turns and there was the unopened door, with an aura so bright.

I could see the door had a wide frame, the door was snow white with a knob of gold. When I related the dream to family they did not believe what I told.

Except for Dad. He said I will not be able to reach and open the door, till the time came when I needed to know more.

I was so young, did not understand. There was something behind that door for me. I often had the dream, so real it did seem.

I could never reach it, could not get beyond a few steps from it. What was beyond? Should I keep trying or quit?

From the time I was about seven, the dream kept coming back. An answer to something I felt, but the knowledge I did lack.

Over the years the fear was there yet I kept going up, almost every night. Then fear began to fade as I moved up the flight.

When I reached the age of forty a new wisdom opened up to me. I forgot about that unopened door as I grew ever stronger in spirituality.

Is this what I was seeking behind that door so long ago? To find my spirituality and peace in my soul?

I like to think so.
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© Copyright 2016 All Rights Reserved Phyllis Doyle Burns
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Writing this memoir was inspired in me when I read John Hansen’s “Cavern of All Fears“. The memoir is true, it was John’s poem that triggered the memory, so I wrote about it.

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I have always liked to write.It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.
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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.

6 thoughts on “Unopened Door Recurring Dream

  • August 19, 2016 at 12:36 AM
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    Very interesting to hear about this recurring dream of the unopened door. Glad that my poem triggered this memory and that you found your peace and spirituality. Good work, Phyllis.

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    • August 19, 2016 at 1:00 AM
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      Thank you, John. I had forgotten all about that dream till I read your poem. Funny how memories can lay dormant in the mind for years then something brings it out again in vivid images.

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  • August 19, 2016 at 3:01 AM
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    Interesting these recurring dreams we have, something that is needed yet not quite ready to impart. I believe it is the striving, the choice to climb those stairs that is important, and through this all life opens when we are ready to understand why. Lovely piece, with a profound message of purpose in life. Great work Phyllis.

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    • August 19, 2016 at 10:22 AM
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      Thank you very much, Tony. I think you are right, the choice to climb the stairs. That relates to my desire to seek better wisdom, to keep learning. Thanks again. Take care.

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  • August 20, 2016 at 12:05 AM
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    Fascinating and most creative poetry. Seeking something which has always been inside of yourself which in time you had to realize but not over some threshold. I have also had some recurring dreams and I too have finally come to certain conclusions within myself and those dreams have gone away.

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    • August 20, 2016 at 6:36 AM
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      It is fascinating, Rasma, how such dreams lead us to look within and find our truths. Thank you for the great comment. Glad you related and enjoyed, I appreciate it.

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