Monasteries of the Heart

October Poem

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Poetry always goes to the “heart of the matter.” So once a month this blog will present a poem for you to play with. To get things started I ask a few questions and put in a writing prompt that I play with.

The Door
by Miroslav Holub

Go and open the door.
maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden,
or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe the dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye,
or the picture
of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if
nothing
is there,
go and open the door.

At least
there’ll be
a draught.

--
Translated from the Czech by Ian Miler

1. What door would you like to open? What is stopping you?

2. Look in magazines, newspapers, catalogs, etc. for pictures of doors. Do a “door collage” and give each door a name—a doorway to the past, a doorway to my secret garden, a doorway into memory. You might want to journal on these.

3. Imagine all the possibilities that await you if you simply open your eyes.
Write a poem about opening something: a door, a book, a mind, a heart, a window…

Go and open the door.
maybe outside there’s
a path, or a field of wild flowers,
a snowstorm
or a single moon bean

Go and open the door.
Maybe a rat’s scurrying
through the alleyway.
Maybe you’ll see a Rottweiler
or a knife flashing
or a painting by Monet
that you can step into.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a spring rain
you will blossom.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
one star,
even if the sky
is pure black,
even if
you come face
to face
with the dark stranger
who’s been knocking
on your door,
go and open the door.

--MLK