SHOW ME THE DOOR
I’ve been a carpenter-mason all my grownup years
and something’s been bugging this brain between my ears.
I’ve asked experts in furniture and architecture,
but the more they explain, all the more I’m unsure.
I must have been to them either a pest or a bore,
but then my question simply is: What is a door?
Some say it’s that panel or board that’s hinged on the wall
that you push or pull, swing or knock on when you call.
With knob and key, with lock and bolt to secure the place,
others would say a door is but that vertical space
through which you could walk or dash away from pole to pole
as a passage through a wall, a door is just a hole.
But without that panel, you’ll be knocking on nothing
and if you do, folks would think you’re nuts or something.
But then without that gap or hole we call empty space,
that wall would flatten out that nose upon your face.
Today I don’t ask that
for when I do, I’m shooed away and shown the door!