The Golden Door

High School Poetry

When I was in high school, one of my favorite means of expression was writing poetry. With the advent of 2022, I’d like to share one of my high school poems because I feel it’s still relevant today. 

The Golden Door

A golden door marks the end

Of a hallway of darkness and light.

To reach the door…

To see beyond…

The visionary’s plight.

 So stumble…fall…question…doubt…

Change your course…



A burst of strength, adrenal blast…

The golden door ahead at last.

Then, through the keyhole…blinding light…

So familiar…

Stare in fright…

Something to be living for…

Another hall…

Another door.

        T. Trower

This is my take on life. We’re all on the hero’s journey, as Joseph Campbell would say. We’re a lot like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in an effort to find our purpose and give our lives meaning. …to grasp the invitation to engage in the next challenge or adventure.

So, why would you stare in fright?

Let’s face it, change and opportunity has a downside. Accepting a challenge is scary. It requires us to face the unknown. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s asked of all of us.

Just when you think you know it all, you’re shown you know little or nothing.

A new, untainted year is upon us. A new door appears for us all.

Can you accept your life as the hero’s journey?

Will you dare to open that door?

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