Doors opening, closing on us

K S Santhana Krishnan 1

Maybe there is more of the magical

in the idea of a door than in the door
itself. It’s always a matter of going
through into something else. But

while some doors lead to cathedrals
arching up overhead like stormy skies
and some to sumptuous auditoriums
and some to caves of nuclear monsters

most just yield a bathroom or a closet.
Still, the image of a door is liminal,
passing from one place into another
one state to the other, boundaries

and promises and threats. Inside
to outside, light into dark, dark into
light, cold into warm, known into
strange, safe into terror, wind

K S Santhana Krishnan 2

into stillness, silence into noise
or music. We slice our life into
segments by rituals, each a door
to a presumed new phase. We see

ourselves progressing from room
to room perhaps dragging our toys
along until the last door opens
and we pass at last into was.

End

(c) 2015 Marge Piercy. Originally published by the Academy of American Poets, www.poets.org. Distributed by King Features Syndicate

Paintings are from K S Santhanakrishnan.

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One Response to Doors opening, closing on us

  1. beautiful way of looking at doors! they truly mean so many things metaphorically and actually!

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