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Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Door

(Open Door by Charles Sheeler, 1883-1963,
American artist)

Any door leads both ways — inside and outside.


Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden,
or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye,
or the picture
of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if
is there,
go and open the door.

At least
there’ll be
a draft.

~ Miroslav Holub (1923-1998), Czech poet

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