Not Here, by Christina Daub
Open rooms, open doors, doors
I walk through but do not find you.
Doors opening into openness,
the old/new space of I, not us.
And where is the window God
opens after shutting a door,
a window to the blue door of a sky
so wide no one can latch
or unlock it. The door to my heart
is also blue, a door opened
and stained blue before blue
was blue when it was only sky
and a door the dead walk through
if we give them a knob. So take
this knob, my knob, which unlike
yours still throbs, shutting, shutting,
shutting it's small blue door
against this house, this labyrinth
of mute and open rooms.
This poem was written as part of the surprise ekphrastic I See a Darkness challenge.
Christina Daub co-founded The Plum Review, a national award winning poetry journal, started The Plum Writers Retreats and The Plum Reading Series which featured Joseph Brodsky, Carolyn Forché, Mark Strand and many others. Recent poems appear in the anthologies Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, edited by Kim Roberts, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and The Paradelle, both edited by Billy Collins. She is a recipient of a Young American Poet's award and her work has been translated into Russian, Italian and German. She has taught Poetry and Creative Writing in the English Department at George Washington University and in both the Maryland and Virginia Poets-in-the-Schools programs as well as to adults for many years at The Writer's Center. She has forthcoming work in Beltway Poetry Quarterly and The Southampton Review.
11/26/2017 06:10:58 pm
Great poem and imagery. Where can I read more?
11/28/2017 01:58:03 pm
You can find some on beltwaypoetry.com and cortlandreview.com. Thanks!
11/30/2017 07:25:55 am
Made me laugh Luke!
11/28/2017 12:13:27 pm
12/2/2017 07:51:56 pm
I read your poem with great pleasure and recognition. It made me think of the bewildering landscape of losing my mother and having no frame of reference for navigating the loss. It also made me aware of what a perfect medium a poem is for expressing the nearly inexpressible.
12/4/2017 10:03:33 pm
Thank you, Jody.
12/7/2017 08:00:56 pm
marvellous poem Tina - has a quiet over powering strength
2/19/2020 11:47:45 am
beautiful poem mama!
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