Serendipity (Thursday Doors and more)

some call the city a jungle,
tangled chaos–
but shapes
patterns—all those
endless portals,

I do like arched doors, and here are a few I saw on my travels around NYC last week. The one above and below were on opposite ends of the same block.

a close up

I’ve written a zeno poem for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday with synonyms for green and morass. We can now use any form from the poet’s collective list.

Here’s an arched side door next to some scaffolding, ubiquitous in Manhattan.

And some greenery and hydrangeas from the city parks–we are still getting a lot of rain.

My younger daughter used to play softball on this field in Central Park. It was a foggy day, and the fields were closed on account of being so wet. hence the red flag.

You can see more and join in here for Thursday Doors.

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37 responses to “Serendipity (Thursday Doors and more)”

  1. Dan Antion says :

    I love walking around in NYC. The flowers are so pretty, and the doors are a perfect addition to Thursday Doors – I love arched doors. The scaffolding does remind me of walking in the city.


  2. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Superb and beautiful pictures and post, Marta 👌👌👌👌👌

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    Lovely doors–and you are right, portals all over the city!

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  4. Ingrid says :

    Such intriguing doors. Hard not to wonder what’s behind them!

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  5. sustainabilitea says :

    I enjoyed your poetry, doors, and nature views. 🙂 Every big city needs to have lots and lots of nature to offset everything else as far as I’m concerned. Some do that better than others.


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    • memadtwo says :

      NYC is quite different than the tourist or TV view. There’s a lot of greenery and many many little neighborhoods, each with its own flavor. The media likes stereotypes–thats true of everyplace.

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  6. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Can you send some of that rain west? 🙂 Beautiful doors, Kerfe. I like arches too, especially when the doors are arched too, not just the frame. And a wonderful poem as always. Doors are so symbolic.

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  7. msjadeli says :

    That 3rd door’s building looks like it used to have a lot of pretty features (windows?) that got bricked up. You saw some good ones when you were out and about. And oh yes, the hydrangeas are loving that rain. They are gorgeous!

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    • memadtwo says :

      There are lots of buildings with bricked up windows. It’s a shame. I’ve found a few phantom doors too, but I want to accumulate more before posting them. I love hydrangeas, and you’re right, this is the perfect weather for them.

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      • msjadeli says :

        Kerfe, I distinctly remember when “energy consciousness” was raised soon after many/most of the windows in schools were bricked up. It was a huge symbol to me of a descent into a dark vortex for our society. Now so many of those schools have been sold to private interests and repurposed into office space and condos. In our city now they cram all elementary kids into one huge building, middle-schoolers into one, and highschoolers into another. I like the term “phantom doors” (and by proxy, phantom windows) even if I don’t like what they symbolize. Looking forward to seeing them.

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        • memadtwo says :

          The schools are a constant source of agitation here. The buildings themselves are only one of the problems–most of them are falling apart. But they can’t brick up the windows because almost none of them have air conditioning. When my daughters started, very few white kids were in any of the schools in my district. Now there are white schools and “other” schools. Each new mayor has a new plan for both integration and fixing the infrastructure and they all fail. I’m sure I don’t know what the answer is.

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  8. Elizabeth says :

    Arched doors are so stylish, I love them.

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  9. melaniereynolds says :

    The doorway in the first picture is probably 101, but the way it sits on top of a thick border of the same color I also read it as “LOL”, so if I lived near it. I would call it the LOL building. Ha,ha,ha. My Aunt and I used to meet at a deli in downtown Seattle in what we called “the Darth Vader” building because it was a squat black skyscraper and there was no other one like it. 🙂

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  10. robertawrites235681907 says :

    You do find some wonderful doors to photograph, Kerfe. I do like rain and I’d much rather have the wetness that the terrible heat some parts of the USA and Canada have been experiencing. A beautiful poem too.

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  11. Manja Mexi Mexcessive says :

    I love these pink walls. The doors fit those walls in a very stylish match. Is this the New York pink wall shade? 🙂 In Italy pink houses are a different pink.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Many of the buildings that were constructed around 1900 have brownstone exteriors–all pinkish shades of brown. There are also a number of limestone buildings which are whitish or grey. Now everything is metal and glass. And it was brick for awhile in between. But these new buildings were not made to last–they are already falling apart. The old ones will be around unless someone knocks them down to build a tall glass one so they can fit in more apartments and charge more rent. Crazy world.

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  12. wolfsrosebud says :

    You have an artist eye.

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  13. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, what a fabulous peek into your world. Your door photos are extra special. The architecture speaks for itself. The Zeno form has a nice rhythm to it. I especially liked the idea of doors being unopened portals. That has some real magic! ❤

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  14. RuthScribbles says :

    beautiful! I ice skated in Central Park. (I grew up on the Lower East Side.


  15. Vashti Q says :

    Great poem, Kerfe! I enjoyed your lovely pictures too. Thanks for sharing. ❤

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  16. Kathy Lauren Miller says :

    I love doors. I collect poster of doors from the places I go on holiday.

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