Standing on the Threshold

Standing on the Threshold
Feet firmly on the Safe Side
Looking out with longing
Toward The Great Unknown
Take a tentative step forward
Keep one foot safely back

Standing on the Threshold
Be Brave
Step On Through
Go on now
I'll be Right There
Walking Alongside You

Standing on the Threshold
Poised on the Brink of Possibilities
Where a Whole New World
Waits For You

Standing on the Threshold
Stop Hiding in the Dark
Walk into the Light
Embrace What's Next
Stop Standing in the Doorway
It's Time
Walk on Through

© 2011 Janean Baird, Turquoise Tangles

The word, "Threshold" has multiple meanings. The first, and most literal one is, "An entrance or a doorway." However, it also has a deeper meaning, "The place or point of beginning; the outset" also referred to as, "the starting point of an experience, event, or venture".

This poem emerged from two Facebook conversations with my friend and fellow artist LizBeth Ogiela-Scheck. In the first she'd written, "Looking for the next direction. Maybe I shouldn't try so hard and it will just come to me. Hey I can hope." My typed response was, "You're standing in the doorway. Walk on through it." Even though I know from the way I balk that it is easier said than done. In the second, LizBeth wrote, "Woke up from a dream of having my own studio (outside the house) in an artists' colony. And just now, in reality, an opportunity has arisen that just may help me make this dream a reality. God is good." I simply replied, "Poised on the brink of possibilities."

Learn more about LizBeth Ogiela-Scheck and her expressive, vividly hued oil paintings at:


2 thoughts on “Standing on the Threshold

  1. Inspiration comes when you least expect it…this is wonderful J!

  2. Thanks, Kevin. It felt right as I wrote it out and tied the two thoughts together.

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