Doors and windows

A cleave poem for the OctPoWriMo prompt, openings


When a door closes            a window opens

onto a dream                       wide as the world

night falls dark                   sky full of stars

hope trickles                        like grains of sand

through the gaps                 a multitude

between the certitudes      of tomorrows

and settles fathoms deep   where pearls shine

out of reach                           so much wealth

on a forgotten seabed         lighting up the gloom.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

30 thoughts on “Doors and windows”

  1. ‘A window opens wide as the world’ – lord, that’s a beautiful, beautiful phrase. Yes, Angela’s right, you are brilliant at these, Jane, and I love reading what you come up with! (but for now I’m going to go to bed, because the doctor took one look at me this evening and asked why I went in to work today. Oops.)

  2. Is it me or if you squint you can see three poems in this? 🙂

    Well, if taken as a single poem, then it is full of gentle contrasts between light and dark, positive and negative but with an emphasis on how light shines in even the darkest of places. So by that alone, this was excellent. As for everything else – excellent as well.

    1. It’s supposed to be three poems—dark one side, light the other. The entire poem is a bit of both. I like writing these. They’re tricky but very satisfying when then work out. Like life.

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