Open to the possible
Slam the past shut
Lock the door to the road taken
Pause, back to the past
Take in the possible before you.
Why never burn bridges?
Close off the avenue to retreat
Leaving our options open
Keeps us guardians of the gate.
Flowers don't return to the bud
Birds rebuild their shells around them
Why remain open to defeat
Retreat down a path we loathed.
Why is it failure
To know the road taken
Is not our way
Look forward back firmly to the door.
Slam it shut
A chapter of our lives complete
Each door closed
Is a new path opened before us.
J. Binford-Bell 2011