White Doors, by Robbi Nester
Something’s not right with this
room, where one door opens
and another swings on its hinges,
each giving onto the next
room, and the next, multiplied
as in a mirror, each door differing
slightly in its brass hardware,
the design of its rectangular
compartments, blank as photo
albums stripped of their images.
The frame of one door wavers
at the edges, like stiff paper
thrown into a flame, while
another reveals itself as a drapery
of doors, a stack of identical white
entrances or exits, accordion-folded,
a book of lives standing on edge, eternally
ajar in the dusty back room of the afterlife.
This poem was written as part of the Ekphrastic Halloween surprise challenge.
Robbi Nester frequently writes ekphrastic poetry, and particularly enjoys such challenges as these. She is the author of three books of poetry, an ekphrastic chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012), and two collections of poetry, A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014) and Other-Wise (Kelsay, 2017). She has also edited two anthologies of poetry, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! (Nine Toes, 2014) and an ekphrastic e-anthology, Over the Moon: Birds, Beasts, and Trees--celebrating the photographs of Beth Moon. She has published poetry in many journals and anthologies, including this one, and has poems forthcoming in Pirene's Fountain, Cimarron Review, Muddy River Review, and Negative Capability.
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