Unemployed (Thursday Doors)

What is a door
without a wall?
What is it for?
It has no frame,
it has no floor–
no in or out,
no surrounding decor–
without a wall,
what is a door?

Another poem for the Thursday Doors Writing Challenge. I picked the theme for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday this week, useful, and Manja’s photo seemed well suited to it. My poem is in a form called “Magic 9”.

I’m still collecting walls that formerly had doors (or windows) and now only contain their phantoms.

This wall lost both its windows and its door.

The former entrance to Number 201 comes with a message and some ventilation.

And, as always, find more doors with host Dan Antion, here.

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47 responses to “Unemployed (Thursday Doors)”

  1. SelmaMartin says :

    The phantom door. I think I like them. Lovely, K. Wonderful all around. XoXo 👏

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  2. harmonykentonline says :

    Great question! Love this response, Kerfe 💕🙂

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    I love the phantom doors (and windows). And yes, a door without a wall. Though we’ve used them as desks/tables, and you reminded me that we still have a door our daughter and son-in-law re-purposed with hooks.

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  4. yvettemcalleiro says :

    I love your poem, Kerfe! It absolutely touches upon the useful theme. Well done! 🙂

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  5. Suzette Benjamin says :

    A beautiful poem and I love your themed photos of doors that once was…an excellent idea well presented.

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  6. Dan Antion says :

    Wonderful ghost doors and I love that poem! I nice tribute to a fallen door.

    Thanks you so much for supporting the writing challenge and Thursday Doors.

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  7. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Eee, brilliant!! Just earlier I wrote a little poem to one of your doors too! 🙂 I’ll link my post to this one. Most excellent! Why is it for indeed? 🙂

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  8. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com says :

    Fun poem. It reminds me of a silly joke my mother loved: When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar. 🙂 Ghost doors are a treat to find and photograph… you’ve shared some good ones.

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  9. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    These phantom doors and windows are so interesting, Kerfe. You see through an artist’s eye where everything is useful. ❤

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  10. Claudia McGill says :

    I just love this.

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  11. Ingrid says :

    There is a wonderful bricked up window in the building where I live (which used to be a textile mill). It is round, and I find it most intriguing!

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  12. robertawrites235681907 says :

    HI Kerfe, a very interesting poem. What is a door without a wall, that is exactly right. What is a leader without people to lead or a world without effective and ethical leadership. All meaningless situations really.

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  13. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Brilliant poem, Marta and the doors without a wall are perfect. Great post.

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  14. D. Wallace Peach says :

    The poem fits perfectly with the photo, Kerfe. I felt kind of sad for the useless door. 😦 And cool pics of the phantom windows and doors. I’ve started noticing them more since you started pointing them out. 🙂

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  15. Emille says :

    You have a way with using a minimum of words and saying a lot! I like these kinds of poems. It has been a while since I constructed one:)

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  16. Bridgette says :

    What a fun thing to ponder. Doors signify so many things, but within context, do they have meaning?

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  17. Jules says :

    I enjoyed your verse. It reminded me of a children’s joke;
    When is a door not a door?…

    When it is ‘ajar’

    I always have a little laugh when the dash of the car lets me know a door is open because that’s what dash says; “Door ajar!”

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  18. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Ha! What a great Thursday Door post!
    PS, some freestanding doors make great frames/canvases for paintings; room dividers; tabletops.

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  19. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. says :

    Good question K… I can tell you that during our various renovations disused doors have become tables and screens etc…love it.

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