There’s much to be said for the well-made door.
This one, smoked black by time, hangs like a heavyweight,
shuffles through his quarter-turn singing deep
of the long years, of a conspiracy once of oak and iron:
studs and hinges, chamfered panels, bolts and latch.

Speaking too of what it is to witness:
     the quotidian passage of the unwary child who swings in passing,
     left hand yielding to right hand round the circle handle,
     intimate, even loving for that moment that she dances
     out of dimness into brilliant light,
          every candle in the hall a celebrant.

People turn and smile and turn away again and the candles gutter,
each in its turn, sending up a thread of smoke towards
the unregarded ceiling high above the vaulting beams,
     black with smoke and time.

And the door stands ajar, poised in its prescripted journey,
something of the dusk of the outer chamber
     tainted by the dying light beyond.

This until the old man, remembering the book he left behind,
lifts a burning candle high and –
     slow, a little circumspect, but steady, book under arm –
     steps from waning light into the dark beyond
     and shuts the door.





Every door has its voice and every voice speaks its single word
into the singing bowl through the days.
       Hear each time that importunate tongue kissing
       the word ‘closed’ into a brass mouth.

And hear too in memory the voice that calls,
“I’m home!”
and the voice that answers,
“We’re in the kitchen!”.

       And then hear too the voice
       that gasps its severance from enclosure,
       mouth tugged open, jaw ajar. Then ‘closed’.
This is the voice that
doesn’t call “Goodbye”.

About Dick Jones

I'm a post-retirement Drama teacher, currently working part-time. I have a grown-up son and daughter, three grandchildren and three young children from my second marriage. I write - principally poetry but prose too, both fitfully published. My poetry collection Ancient Lights is published by Phoenicia Publishing (www.phoeniciapublishing.com) and my translation of Blaise Cendrars' 'Trans-Siberian Prosody and Little Jeanne from France' (illustrated by my friend, the artist, writer and long-time blogger Natalie d'Arbeloff) is published by Old Stile Press (www.oldstilepress.com). I play bass guitar & bouzouki in the song-based acoustic/electric trio Moorby Jones, playing entirely original material. https://www.facebook.com/moorbyjones?ref=aymt_homepage_panel http://www.moorbyjones.net/) https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=MOORBY+JONES spotify:artist:07MDD5MK9MnRGSEZwbsas9 I have a dormant blog with posts going back to 2004 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages - http://patteran.typepad.com - and I'm a radio ham. My callsign is G0EUV
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