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Poetry | Three Gates From The Arabian Poem

Updated on January 3, 2012

A Poetry Project

I've been thinking about my grandchildren who have moved far away. How can I keep in touch with them and create a lasting bond? What can bring us together in an educational, pleasurable way and create a love of lasting beauty?

I am indebted to my mother for reading poetry to me as a young child. What touched me most was the rhythm of the words, their musical quality. Not so much the meaning because I was a slow learner, even dyslexic and had trouble in school. But, I do believe a few special poems have remained in my memory. Some flowery, others tell a tale, many rhyme and some surprise!

On a recent occasion, I had the chance to put the children to bed, and instead of reading the typical storybook, I pulled out a poetry anthology. Even though the comprehension level and vocabulary quite above them, it introduces mystery, a challenge, the 'sound' like music to their ears. With interest they could ask questions about the metaphors, the meaning of words and wait while I purposely paused during the reading.


Now that they have gone, I'm wondering if I can reach out to the children through the telephone, email and the internet? This begins the adventure together, I hope. I have taken the first step and we shall see what happens. You may ride along and even bring you children. The very first poem is called, "THREE GATES."

If you are tempted to reveal

A tale to you someone has told

About another, make it pass,

Before you speak, three gates of gold.

These narrow gates: First, "Is it true?"

Then, "Is it needful?" In your mind

Give truthful answer. And the next

Is last and narrowest, "Is it kind?"

And if to reach your lips at last

It passes through these gateways three,

Then you may tell the tale, nor fear

What the result of speech may be.

The Reverend Chauncey Hare Townshend
The Reverend Chauncey Hare Townshend | Source

History of the Poem

Wikipedia | In the 1830's Chauncy Hare Townshend [1811-1869] studied mesmerism with Charles Dickens and dedicated "The Three Gates" (1859) in his name.

Mesmerism | Animals have a type animal charisma, a form of magnetism and have this ability to connect through this hypnotic state with others. Led by Franz Mesmer, a group of British colleague developed and practiced this art form of magnetism. They called the clinical techniques "mesmerism" to distinguish themselves from other types of hypnotism.

Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy, also practiced this art form as a medical technique. In fact, it seems very closely allied to what many practice as Reiki today. The original mesmerists also used the "laying on of hands," and like qigong reported effects included various feelings: intense heat, trembling, and even trances, and seizures.


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About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM founded Homeopathy World Community social network. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hi Snowdrops ~ thank you for your gracious compliments. Blessings, Debby

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      I like the poem Debby. You're such a very unique talent. all the best to you :)

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Dear Derdriu ~ Don't you find that when you read one enjoyable hub, you start to visit a number of others by the same author? Isn't that fun?! Love, Debby

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Debby Bruck: What a heartwarming, informative hub which gives your personal connection as well as the cultural, historical and literary contexts!

      Thank you for sharing your creativity, voted up, etc.,


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello ~ Glad you liked it. I will continue to share poems that I find. Have a great day! Debby

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      This was great, Debby, and thank you for sharing.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Coolmon ~ Many thanks for your contribution here. I am now following you on Twitter and took a look at your personal website! Blessings, Debby

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading your article especially the section called "History of the Poem." Thanks for sharing

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Anginwu ~ Very nice to meet you. This is a test of ingenuity, consistency, creativity and endurance. Already, day two. Personal challenge. Come back and visit. Blessings, Debby

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      Kavitha Kukunoor 6 years ago

      I liked Debby's Three gates poetry very much.

      Looking forward for more.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Nice instruciton in a poem--sure your grandkids will appreciate that. Awesome.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Thank you to all those who have voted above.