Gates

Gates
by Ted Kooser

If a gate stands open long enough,
it can’t be closed again. Slowly,
the morning glories tie it fast,
and the strength that kept it flying
over the grass-tops lets it down.

The same thing happens if a gate’s
left closed; you lose it to the fence
(that’s what a fence wants, after all).
A rule of thumb: if you can’t use
your gate enough to keep it swinging,
better to leave it standing wide.

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