poetry and prose about place

gates and gateposts

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Looking through my watercolours, I came across the painting below of a gatepost. I painted this during my virtual excursion through Cornwall, using Street View and Google Earth. The painting reminds me of how much fun I had, painting the scenes I discovered on my virtual journey.


I am still using Street View to motivate my exercise program – since last year, I have been following the Saint John River from its origins in Quebec and Maine. My goal is to ‘cycle’ the length of the Saint John River, all the way to where it empties into the Bay of Fundy.


Gateways mark change.  They represent movement from one space to another.  They can be entryways.  They can also be barriers. The challenge is always to step through that gate and keep on going.


Oct. 4, 2013 'gate near Feock' Jane Tims

Oct. 4, 2013 ‘gate near Feock’ Jane Tims


through the gate


grey granite cold

black body to

absorb the sun

emit no warm

even lichens

rooted to stone

are barely alive


the stone invites


but curves disguise

the jagged edge

biotite and

muscovite honed

razor thin


step forward, through

the gate, ignore

the risk

the path behind



Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

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  1. Lovely picture and poem. Until I read this I hadn’t thought about how gates can represent (depending upon the lens) very different things.- entry ways, barriers, change.

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    January 29, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    • Hi Sheryl. There are so many metaphorical gates in our lives. I am about to step through the ‘gate of having a book published’ … Kind of scary! Jane


      jane tims

      January 30, 2016 at 4:38 am

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