Through the Screen Door


THROUGHT THE SCREEN DOOR, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 2019

Through the screen door begins

endless hours spent dreaming and swinging,

always believing I could touch the sky.


Through the screen door abides

magical memories of evenings spent

on the back porch watching the storms roll in.


Through the screen door is the path

to the big, ol’ tree that sheltered my pretend world

and guards the secrets that linger there, still.


Through the screen door bellows

my father’s can-be-heard-for-miles whistle

calling my sister and me home for dinner.


Through the screen door glows

The home-light of my mother’s kitchen;

an oasis amidst the twilight.


Through the screen door drifts

the distant laughter-echoes

from our neighborhood kids playing in our world.


Through the screen door are the steps

that led me away from this childhood home,

onto a life grown from the stories lived

while coming and going

through the screen door.


Recent Posts

Nanci Stoeffler  | USA   |  stoefflerartstudio@gmail.com