“I Have Closed The Door”

This week at P/S United, Magaly G. asks us to contribute to the Weekly Scribble with something conjuring or recording “A Troubled Relationship”…

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“I Have Closed The Door”

Please tell me what you meant;
that your last phone message
was not intended to be the last.

Please help me to understand
the last five words you spoke;
see if I’ve gotten them right.

Your intent was indecipherable.

Tell me you have closed the door
just because you always close doors
and not as some obvious gesture
signified by doors, closed,
or by locked locks.

Tell me that it’s not a secretly
hidden message; that you’re only
going out for a little fresh air;
that you’ll be back in a flash; back
before I know I’m lonely; before
I even know the door is closed;

that you haven’t really left me
yet.

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Poets And Storytellers United
Weekly Scribble #60
~ Troubled Relationship  ~
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poets and storytell

13 thoughts on ““I Have Closed The Door”

  1. Your poem gave me a lump in my throat, Ron. It is never easy to accept the end of a relationship, or even the signs that the end might be coming, which is expressed poignantly in the lines:
    ‘Tell me you have closed the door
    just because you always close doors
    and not as some obvious gesture’
    and
    ‘that you’ll be back in a flash; back
    before I know I’m lonely; before
    I even know the door is closed’.

  2. Your words touched my heart. Some life lessons are so hard to learn, and there are no do-overs. Peace, my friend.

  3. I want to reach out into the poem and give the speaker the biggest of hugs. There is so much pain in the disbelief, so much hope in the questions… I wonder if there will ever be an answer.

  4. I once made a deal with someone that we would always leave a door open if either of us needed it. Turns out… they didn’t. And when I knocked, no one answered. I feel this right to my bones.

  5. I really like this stanza in the middle of your poem:
    “Tell me you have closed the door
    just because you always close doors
    and not as some obvious gesture
    signified by doors, closed,
    or by locked locks.”
    Hoping that what you think is a symbol is not a symbol, but knowing that it is – I relate to that.

  6. Sadly, I know too well this feeling of desperation and grasping for any shard of hope. Very well written.
    ~cie from poetry of the netherworld~

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