Passage

You carried me
over the threshold…
alice found crazy hats
and a tea party…
stalactites dripped slowly
until they began to fall…
fissures…
apertures…
this time
you cannot be
with me…
door to something
somewhere…
and I must
pass
alone.

chairTending the bar today at dVerse’s virtual Pub for Poets. It’s Tuesday Poetics and I’ve asked folks to write a poem relating to the word “door.” Although I provided a number of photos for possible use, writers can also use one of their own. This one was taken at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts a few days ago – a space you enter wtih three walls, ceiling and floor covered in mirror or mirror-like materials with beads and jewels hanging from various areas. Looking back at the photo – it seems a passage to another world — perhaps an afterlife?  Who knows? You’re invited to visit dVerse and pop through some doors with a group of wonderful writers!

52 thoughts on “Passage

  1. Victoria C. Slotto May 10, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Yes, there are doors we must pass through alone. And in the end, that is what we are…alone. Poignant, melancholic but not really sad. It’s just how it is.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Yes, exactly. And may we have joyous company through many many doors — before we turn into Alice and face the unknown. Thanks for your thoughts here!

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  2. Glenn Buttkus May 10, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Generally we enter alone, & exit alone. This is a terrific prompt; will find some time to get something up today.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      I was privileged to hold my mother’s hand as she passed from this world to the next. My thoughts were that she held mine as I entered and I was so grateful to hold hers at that moment.
      I’m so glad you like the prompt, Glenn. I look forward to seeing your take on it~ I always devour your words 🙂

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  3. therisa May 10, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Am reminded, of the line, from Star Trek: Generations, which Kirk says, “I always knew that I would die alone…”, in explaining, why he had died, when the Enterprise crash landed, at the end. For death is, a one way journey, we can only make on our own.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      oh….what a great comment here! Smiling I am — yes indeed. It is a one-way door that only swings out — or maybe I should say in? And we leave a bit of ourselves behind in the hearts of our loved ones. Thank you so much for your reflection here.

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  4. Susan L Daniels May 10, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    This was whimsical and sad… A half smile for a beloved from his grieving partner. I loved it.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 4:16 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this one. The photo doesn’t do the “room” justice and I was just mesmorized standing in it — like looking into an abyss of some afterlife somewhere.

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  5. kanzensakura May 10, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    And this is true. I have held the hands of those who passed from here to there, including my grandmother. I was once a volunteer in an AIDS hospice program. It was a priviledge to be there with them but still, only they could enter that door. It isn’t mournful, just how it is. And I hope I do not find another place that is filled with crazy hats and no color….just peace. That works well for me.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Calm serenity — yes. But you know, I’d love to keep on dancing when I’m gone 🙂

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      Ah but the passages in between are meant to be shared with those we love. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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  6. Sanaa Rizvi May 10, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Lovely metaphoric take and I so enjoyed the prompt Lillian 🙂
    Congratulations on joining the dVerse team ❤

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      I am so so happy to be a part of the team! Learning and enjoying — can’t beat that combination. 🙂

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the prompt and the poem. It is quite amazing the variety of responses to the word “doors.” My first was such a solemn one and then the second a jaunty down a silly memory lane.

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      • Carol J Forrester May 10, 2016 / 5:59 pm

        It was a great prompt because of all the paths that can be taken with it. It was quite literally an open door for poets.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you for this reflection….

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  7. Grace May 10, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    There are some journeys that we need to walk and pass alone ~ That is some amazing photo of a passage Lillian ~ Food for thought on your poem ~

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      Thank you, Grace. That longest journey for some….and far too quick/soon for others.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Yes —- that final door is one we must pass though alone and the other side is a mystery. But we do believe….

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  8. ihatepoetry May 10, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Yes, this is sad, but how many doors are in life: not for everyone to go through together, but each separate.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      That is exactly right. So many doors, in and out….and we can share or not share, tell of hide. Life is a series of choices for many — and sadly, some do not have the choices.

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  9. Nan Mykel May 10, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    What great, wise comments you have received in reponse to your wise and thoughtful poem. My poem reveals me to still be in the rebellious stage, at 80!

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      So glad to see you here tonight. It’s been very interesting to see the varied responses to the prompt. Shall meander over to see yours in a moment! 🙂

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  10. jaybluepoems May 10, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Loved the reference to Alice… and through the door, and down the rabbit hole alone. Very nice!

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 8:58 am

      So glad you enjoyed! And so happy to see you over at dVerse — such a beautiful poem and the photo was stunning! 🙂 Hope you’ll come back again!

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      • jaybluepoems May 11, 2016 / 10:22 am

        Thanks again Lillian. I haven’t posted for dVerse in quite some time. In fact, I hadn’t written in about two months. Shouldn’t let life get in the way of what I love like that. 🙂
        Anyway I did update the post to add reference to dVerse and the wonderful group of folks there. I do appreciate the prompt. Thank you. Have a great day!

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      • lillian May 11, 2016 / 10:25 am

        Thank you thank you!
        Well… as my spouse always says, “Life happens!” Do hope to see you more often again at dVerse – your words and depth of feelings expressed within them are quite special. So when the spirit moves you, do join in! 😊

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 8:59 am

      Glad you enjoyed the prompt and liked this one 🙂 Alice came to mind when I was standing in this discombobulating “room” at the MFA! 🙂

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  11. Bryan Ens May 11, 2016 / 8:22 am

    That really does look like a passage to somewhere else! Thanks for a great prompt!

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Glad you enjoyed the prompt — so many diverse repsonses to it! 🙂 And yes — I stepped “into” this room (where the photo was taken) and it was totally discombobulating. What’s not in the photo is an ornate chair that was sitting there, “placed” in the room, so folks could sit down and have their photo taken (not formally — just anyone who wanted to use their camera or phone to take a pic)….and that was really weird — just the sitting down — with all these mirrors everywhere — and there was a section hanging overhead with the jewels and beads dripping from it that was all mirrored and moving ever so slowly from side to side! 🙂

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  12. maria May 11, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Brilliant and playful poem, Lillian! You certainly took us to an Alice adventure with your words. 🙂 And that’s a lovely photo, I agree. 😀

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 10:21 am

      So glad you enjoyed, Maria. Happy to see you again at dVerse – so nice to meet friends over my morning cup!

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      Very true indeed. Thanks for the thoughtful reply – truly appreciated! Smiling I am.

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  13. freyathewriter May 11, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Thank you for hosting Poetics today, Lillian.

    This is beautiful, elegant, wistful, heartfelt.

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you. I just read your post and am so glad you put it up for all to see. Many come back and read later today – I hope they will see yours. It has been an amazing prompt in terms of responses – everything from the silly (one of the first was about carting out an old refrigerator – and my second one went back to childhood memories of cowboys) to the sublime and beautiful to the sobering to the frightening. I shall have to go back over the weekend and read all again.

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  14. vronlacroix May 11, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Doors for beginnings and endings. The door as a symbol of the entrance into marriage makes your theme especially sad when it ends.

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Yes — some doors are more difficult than others and some, we must maneuver through alone.

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  15. PSC May 11, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Beautiful, reflective, pensive — a farewell and an acceptance of the inevitable — a lot going on here — Lovely! Thanks for this great prompt. (I cheated with an old poem. Still hope to write a new, but may not make it before Mr Linky expires… or should I say, passes? 😉

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Mr. Linky has a long life for this one. If he’s closed, you can post your second one for Thursday’s Open Link Night.

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