in the absence of words (phantom doors)

an enclosure without an opening–
doorways poised between
not-here and not-there

bones left as signs, portents–
bordering a journey
of invisibility

not memories—those are too real

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Merril Smith provided the above image prompt, by Benton Spruance, for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday this week. I’ve written another sevenling poem in response.

I’ve been collecting what I call phantom doors and windows for awhile now, and Spruance’s image of 30s home foreclosure fits well with these haunted spaces.

Is something being kept in or something left out?

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39 responses to “in the absence of words (phantom doors)”

  1. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Ooh, an excellent question! And a beautifully haunting poem to match these photos… That last one definitely puts me in mind of a sealed crypt. Must be the influence of that October Country on the horizon! 🍂🌙

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  2. Dan Antion says :

    Sad and interesting. They are well done, but I guess the standpipe connection means they’re never going to swing open again. Nice theme thanks for sharing with Thursday Doors.

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  3. msjadeli says :

    Seeing bricked up windows and doors on buildings gives me the same kind of feeling I get when I see things carved into the skin of trees or scars from intentional wounds on people. They are all political decisions where one is harmed and one is doing the harm. With your end questions, the bricked in parts of buildings it’s probably some of both, but it is never the building’s decision.

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  4. Emille says :

    Like the look of your first door (except for the garbage cans of course)!

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Your poem sounded very apt with the doors, Marta. Lovely and beautiful carvings on the doors.

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  6. Ingrid says :

    They’re certainly haunting images, Kerfe, especially those that have been bricked up…

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  7. dennyho says :

    I am intrigued by the large, bricked over door reading ‘Leslie’ above. Any thoughts about what it belongs to…or did?


  8. merrildsmith says :

    This is fabulous, Kerfe. The print is definitely an in-between world, and so are your phantom doors. That’s a perfect name for them. There are also buildings I’ve seen in Philadelphia with what I call phantom images–old advertising from long ago.

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  9. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    What a great match up, the sevenling with the not-doors doors.

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  10. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Phantom doors! Great idea.

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  11. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is such a good idea, Kerfe. Phantom doors, I love it!

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  12. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Oh my. LESLIE must have been huge! A memory but too real as well. That’s a big ghost door. I love spotting them too.

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  13. Ken / rivrvlogr says :

    “bones” fits well for your theme of phantom doors.

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  14. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Phantom windows and doors are perfect for this haunting image… I love the last line, “…not memories—those are too real!” The closed up doors and windows are so expressive. It’s like shutting out secrets you don’t want to get out. Kerfe, is your name Marta? Have I been calling you by the wrong name all these years?😳


  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I haven’t really paid attention to phantom doors and windows. Now I will. Your poem ties the photos perfectly with the prompt, Kerfe. Wonderful as always.

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