Sunday, June 26, 2011

a world of doors


today is
a day of doors
red ones with squeaky leather hinges
oak doors with metal crossbindings
mint green ones with brittle peeling paint.

all say the same thing
the thing we were born to seek
the thing that's always hiding
behind the next door
no matter what its shape

and there are many
fat solid ones that stick in the damp
narrow splintery doors that
shudder when you rap on them
and doors with rows and rows
of diamond-shaped windows that
fragment the world beyond into a thousand pieces.

 if all doors were made of glass
there'd be no need to search
but then we'd have no doors
when a hailstorm hurricane tornado came
so we keep our eyes open wide
always looking around the next corner
for the impossible gift.

11 comments:

  1. Interesting take on the use of doors... what they keep hidden and safe, and yet welcome us into those private spaces.

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  2. I really enjoy your imagery in this poem! I think that it's really interesting that you use doors as a protection but also something that hides things, leading me to believe that doors can be both positive and negative. Mostly interesting because doors are seen as impediments or opportunities in traditional "one door closes, another one opens..." sayings.
    Really cool, and really pretty!
    Write on!

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  3. all say the same thing
    the thing we were born to seek
    the thing that's always hiding
    behind the next door
    no matter what its shape
    ...

    ...indeed...thought provoking piece of writing.

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  4. wonderful use of metaphors.great poem here thank you!

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  5. interesting, I love the way you portraying things here, great work!=D

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  6. Doors are fascinating aren't they? You have voiced so eloquently their language..I used to take pictures of doors and windows when I was younger..(read too much Kafka)..it would indeed be horrible if all doors were glass..makes me think of Alice too..may you walk through a good door today..Jae

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  7. love it.

    a special treat, happy potluck.

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  8. Doors... portals... transitions... love 'em. Nice write.
    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/06/27/in-the-vein-of-francis-bernardone/

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  9. I enjoyed the imagery as well! Thanks for sharing! Doors can hide things from us or be a source of protection!

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  10. This has really awesome imagery and I love the whole concept doors have always had a great of symbolism for me as well

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