With a nod to ‘Haiku Windows’, a past feature from when I first began this column, & also an idea suggested a long time ago by poet Laurie Greer, for the next several weeks we will explore some concepts relating to doors. Be inspired by these prompts – I can’t wait to read where they take you – & please note that there is no requirement to include the words of the prompt in the poems… enjoy! kj
next week’s theme: doorway
The doorway is the entryway, the threshold one crosses to access another building, room, or state of mind… take another look at the photo that inspired the banner at the top of the post for inspiration (artist unknown)…
I look forward to reading your submissions.
The deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Time, Saturday May 29, 2021.
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below is the commentary for door prize:
how broad his smile
It is unclear whether it is the hedgehog with the broad smile or whether it is the raffle winner, or perhaps it is someone else – the person selling the tickets? – a ‘gap’ left to be figured out. In any case, this reader also had a broad smile after googling ‘cress hedgehog’…
at a builder’s convention
I win the door
Many poems this week are about the re-gifting of door prizes & the inappropriateness of many of them, often with a humorous slant. In this poem, ‘door’ could be a shortened form referring to a ‘door prize’, or it could be an actual door…
front door –
solitude the prize
Here is a different take on the door prize – a positive outlook that introverts will understand, & it may be something that more people will be able to appreciate after the past year…
maternity ward –
two pink bows
behind the door
This is another delightful poem that takes the prompt in a new direction. The colour & the number of bows may have been a surprise, but many people would consider having even one healthy baby to be like winning the lottery…
& here are the rest of my selections:
door prize winner –the emcee asksif I donate to the needyAdjei Agyei-BaahGhana/New Zealandbluebell wood –being herea winning ticketAlan PeatBiddulph, Staffordshire, United Kingdomfront door widepreparation to move infresh airAlbert SchepersWindsor, Ontario, Canadapicked-over buffetthree tickets drawn beforethe door prize is claimedAlex FyffeUnited Statesthe threshold appearsand ends a long forest trek…sleeping beautyAlfred BoothColombes, Francedoor prize –so many dreamsdo not happenAna DrobotRomaniaan offerfor the best fireworks –parish partyAngiola IngleseItaliawindow moonshe wants that one last storybefore sleepAnitha VarmaKerala, Indiarandom drawhis numbersring a bellAnna YinOntario, Canadalast journey –papa’s travel voucherarrives just in timeArvinder KaurChandigarh, Indiadarknesssplitting open to lightfirst cryBidyut prabhaIndiadoor prizethe swallow feather fallsfrom the birdhouseBill FayFox Island, WA, USAtrick or treatshe spends morethan the door prizeBona M. SantosLos Angeles, CAno 29 hopes foranother gold cupfresh paint on the doorBrian OharegreenDevon Englanddoor prizethe fine artof regiftingBryan RickertBelleville, Illinois USAword searchthe winning ticket postednext doorCarol JonesWaleslucky staronce again my husbandwins the door prizeCynthia AndersonYucca Valley, Californiasurprise partya guest re-giftsthe door prizeDeborah P KolodjiTemple City, CaliforniaWaiting in linein front of the mallhealth at a discountDejan IvanovicLazarevac, Serbiadoor prizeanother chancenot to winDidimay D. DimacaliUSAsunshine –the raffle seller’s smileat the doorDorothy BurrowsUnited Kingdomend of the party –children’s bright eyeswith gift bagsElisa AlloSwitzerlandnext door prizenumber twenty-threesomewhere my ticketGermina MeliusSaint Luciagratta e vinci…la clemenzadella mia clessidrascratch and win…clemencyof my hourglassGiuliana RavagliaBologna, Italiaspring shower –my door adornedwith starsGordana VlašićCroatiaprize open—creak of rusted hingesGuy StephensonLetterkenny, Irelanda tablefull of strawberry sponges– PTA door raffleIngrid BaluchiNorth Macedoniadoor prizeon Open Wine Cellars DaycheersIvica MlinarCroatiasorority rusha door prizefor the unchosenJackie ChouPico Rivera, CA USAcraft bazaarlast year’s door prizerecycledJenn Ryan-JaureguiTucson, AZ. USACovid raffle –i gift my door prizeto the janitorJoe SebastianChennai, Indialeaving earlyI place my raffle ticketon the barJohn S GreenBellingham, WAarriving latewe both reach for the prizefightJohn HawkheadUKlast strawwe argue overwho gets the door prizeKeith EvettsThames Ditton, UKgallery openingthe chance to watch artistsdraw prizesLaurie GreerWashington, DChigh rise window box –gardening toolsre-raffledLorraine CareyIrelandhigh school reunionthe door prizethree sizes too smallLorraine PaddenSan Diego, Californiabachelors and spinsters balleveryone goes homewith a prizeLouise HopewellAustralialost door prizein my coat’s pocketssea salt grainsLuisa SantoroRome, Italythe door prizeugly dull statuea door stopLyntha NelsonColorado, USArescue raffle –where the prizedidn’t matterMadhuri PillaiAustralialonely nighta gift voucher on the doorlifts in the windManoj SharmaKathmandudoor prizefor the coffee drinker –tea cosyMargaret MahonyAustraliadoor prizeregiftinga hugMargaret WalkerLincoln, NE, USAchurch festivalmy mother wins door prizea man’s haircutMargie GustafsonLombard, ILat the entranceto the pharaoh’s tomb…a golden scarab beetleMark GilbertUKevery time she buysa door prize ticket…her last timeMeera RehmUKhigh school raffletaking home the prizeI didn’t winMike GallagherIrelanddoor prize…in the hillside cabina dried bouquetMilan RajkumarImphal, Indiadoor prizemy ticket is stainedwith ice creamMinal SaroshAhmedabad, Indiadoor prize –on the star mapthe name of the loveMinko TanevBulgariaprizesbehind door –bachelor partyMirela BrăileanRomaniacloudburst –monkey and meshare the same treeNeera KashyapIndiaa buzz of beeson the petaled thresholddoor prizeOrense NicodParis, Francedoor prize already regiftedP. H. FischerVancouver, Canadaa sunflowermy son’s faceon winning the door prizePadma RajeswariMumbai, Indialongest night4 am aurorainsomnia’s doorprizePam JoyDyea, Alaskafront row ticketsa concert I’llnever attendPat DavisPembroke, NH USApausing for a kissI still believeI won the lotteryPeggy Hale BilbroHuntsville, ALMary Kay partyI win a book inscribedto Harry JonesPris CampbellUSAbasket fullof sweet pastriessearching glucometerRam ChandranIndiadoor prize another toasterRehn KovacicMesa, AZlucky wheelthe pointer finally rests at‘try again’Richa SharmaIndiaspring carnivalmy chance to wina red bikeRoberta Beach JacobsonIndianola, IA, USAdivorce doneher birth namethe door prizeRoberta BearyCounty Mayo Irelandhis new trophy wifewins the door prize –a complete makeoverSari GrandstaffSaugerties, New Yorkdoor prizethe victory dance takes meon a nice journeySlobodan PupovacZagreb, Croatiathe door prizesoon forgottenwildflowersStephen A. PetersBellingham, Wa. USAdoor prize ticketalwaysone number offSusan FarnerUnited Statessurprise door prizeat the charity auctionI win my own bookSusan RogersLos Angeles, CAschool reunion –in lieu of a door prizesanitary masksTeiichi SuzukiJapansalvage shopthe door prize actuallya doorTom BierovicDeLand, FL, USAawards dinnerhis only prizefrom the raffleTracy DavidsonWarwickshire, UKwinning ticketand a rose for my little girldancing partyTsanka ShishkovaBulgariaraffle ticketsin my purse, mother’slucky broochVandana ParasharIndiathe prize out our door supermoonVictor OrtizBellingham, WAanother door prizeI count in the atticcoffee makersWiesław KarlińskiNamysłów, Poland
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