June 20, 2013

Only a Door (Poetry Tuesday a day late)

This felt like the most perfectly fitting poem for the start of residency:

Prospective Immigrants Please Note
by Adrienne Rich

Either you will
go through this door
or you will not go through

If you go through
there is always the risk
of remembering your name

Things look at you doubly
and you must look back
and let them happen.

If you do not go through
it is possible
to live worthily

to maintain your attitudes
to hold your position
to die bravely

but much will blind you
much will evade you,
at what cost who knows?

the door itself 
makes no promises
it is only a door.

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