Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Door - to Poetry Perhaps

The Door

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

Go and open the door.
Maybe a 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 will be a draught.

Miroslav Holub

At a recent ‘Gods’ poetry meeting in Canberra local poet Moya Pacey opened her session reading the above poem by Miroslav Holub. She used it as an entry to her understanding of poetry ... poetry is a door to personal discovery ... the unknown within ... and by creating your own poetry there will be a discovery ... of something within that has yet to get voice ...

... of course many are just plain content to live within the safe square of known existence ... and I have known those who continually wall up there room ... eventually an earthquake may come through circumstance

... but it is not sufficient to just open the door you need to walk through! If you just stand there in the draught you will catch cold (no don’t run back inside) ... take a good look ... then take a few steps into that big unknown ... and if you are not into poetry maybe those steps are to another life altogether ... perhaps bungie jumping or walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is more your thing!

Enjoy a new day - or should I say a day different from the yesterdays of your life.


  1. Hello! What do you think what is your common reading audience?

  2. my audience varies ... this blog is for anyone interested in exploring poetry and words from secondary school up ... with the internet the audience is hidden - eyes and ears are unknown - hopefully my text provides some interest to those that surf, hopefully it promotes some understanding of poetry, and of more importance hopefully it gets people thinking by first sharing my thoughts on the material I have been reading ... in summary I am providing food for thought for anyone who cares to read my posts.