The Fate of Fools (Thursday Doors)

shadows imitate
doors, dazzle you inside dreams,
whispering questions

shadows imitate
the complex language of choice–
abandoned, you jump

doors dazzle inside dreams,
appear as if sailed, transported
by complete darkness

whispering questions,
thresholds cast riddles—as if
life, opening, free

I wanted to construct a house as a sort of book, so I took a cardboard box and collaged this interior. It’s similar to many houses I visit in my dreams. It did not really work for my book idea (the exterior is also still a work in progress), but it fit well with the last Kick-About prompt. As Phil pointed out to me, it resembles a stage set.

I also have a liking for windows and shadows.

The poem is a troiku, written for the W3 prompt, in response to Steven S Wallace’s poem “In Praise of What is Private”, and his prompt poem, Emily Dickinson’s “Superiority of Fate”. I’ve also used some of Jane’s Oracle 2 words for the week–I realize I never finished what I started with last week’s words, but perhaps it will show up somewhere down the line.

You can find more doors and share your own here at Thursday Doors, hosted by Dan Antion.

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63 responses to “The Fate of Fools (Thursday Doors)”

  1. Dan Antion says :

    I love this post! The poem, the photos and the collage are so interesting. I feel like I entered a different place as I read through this. Very nicely done!

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    That is so cool! I love your collage construction. And the close up photos of it. It is very dream like.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    Doors, shadows, dreams–a fascinating collection of words and images.

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  4. Bela Johnson says :

    I absolutely love the interplay of light and shadow. Your black-and-white photo is exquisite. And I love that you try to re-create on your ‘stage sets’ houses that you see in your dreams. Wow! If I could only do that … !!!

    And this has me captivated: “shadows imitate the complex language of choice” – again, wow, Kerfe. As I see it, your blog just gets better and better. I suspect this is due to you sharing more of yourself. Thank you for this. ❤️

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  5. VJ says :

    What an intriguing idea – doors are so symbolic. I’m sure it stirred something, as it did for me.

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  6. Jane Dougherty says :

    Freud would have a field day with this poem, and your ideas. Doors are maybe even more potent than windows, with their connotations of security and escape, evil getting in, the cold, enemies. And those shadows, are they, or are they not?

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    • memadtwo says :

      It could go either way. Thanks Jane. I’m not sure Freud and I would have mixed well together.


      • Jane Dougherty says :

        Psychiatry and psychotherapy are rather like dog education. It’s all hypothetical and generally gets debunked by the next fad.

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        • memadtwo says :

          There’s so much mental illness about now…I wonder if it’s just that we don’t know how to manage our minds anymore. There used to be outlets in society, roles for all kinds of strangeness. Now it’s just a rabbit hole to nowhere, and it turns on itself because it has nowhere to go.


          • Jane Dougherty says :

            There’s so much money involved in diagnosing and treating mental illness, my natural cynicism wonders how much of it is being talked into existence. Tell someone who’s unhappy that you know what’s bothering them and you have the cure, they’re likely to believe you. As you say, people who were a bit exotic had a valid place in society. Now they think they have a problem that needs to be treated.

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  7. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful poem and doors always make us curious. Great post Marta

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  8. philgomm says :

    Just loved this response, Kerfe!

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  9. neil reid says :

    Umm..h (don’t know how to spell the sound between my ears) Disturbing alluring. What. Makes the word ‘odd’ seem understated. OK, provocative too. Maybe those images are what mirrors see of us. Rich, complex. Makes me remember dreams long time past of endless unreasoned rooms and balconys that didn’t belong, both real and odd and in a strange way – safe. Your poem too, it radiates. (sometimes you blow me away with what you can do!)

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  10. murisopsis says :

    This one is riveting! The collage is so complicated – I don’t know how you managed to put it all together so seamlessly!! ❤

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  11. Claudia McGill says :

    I am struck by the collage big time. I love the shifting nature of it depending on how you set it up. Perfect for the poem you wrote. A beautiful post.

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  12. Frank J. Tassone says :

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #6: Kerfe’s latest #troiku! #nationalpoetryday2022

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  13. paeansunplugged says :

    The collage is mind boggling with its ingenuity and I love the wordplay in your verse… fascinating.

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  14. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe what a wonderful dream stage you’ve created with shadows and portals. It does have a dream like quality to it and so interesting it’s similar to your dream landscape. It feels like your dreams are a permeable vessel. You’ve used that form so well!

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  15. Ingrid says :

    I’m mesmerised by your house of dreams: the space you’ve created here is otherworldly!

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  16. judeitakali says :

    Loved the poetry. Those doors are indeed mysterious, and the windows are alive. It’s almost a crime to cover them.

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  17. Graeme Daly says :

    Adore your response kerfe! 🙂

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  18. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Hi Kerfe, this has brought back memories of the houses I used to make for my paper dolls. A fascinating poem.

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  19. D. Wallace Peach says :

    It does look like a stage set, Kerfe. So visually interesting and compelling. Your poem and artwork complement each other perfectly. 🙂

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  20. ben Alexander says :

    I don’t even know where to start with this – first of all – YES – it does look like a stage set – a really, really, really cool one!

    Secondly, you’re really rocking this form – I like that you’re continuing to play with it. Do you like it?

    And these words in particular:

    thresholds cast riddles

    I think, are inspired!

    I love how you tie so many different ways of expression and concepts together, Kerfe.


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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks David. I am enjoying this form. Ken used to use it quite a bit, and I’ve gone back and looked at some of his posts for inspiration. You know I like repetition.

      I am still thinking about how I can use some kind of structure for a sort of book, but I like this on its own terms. And I still need to finish the outside–who knows where that will lead?

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  21. sunhesper says :

    This is among my favorite of your posts! There is so much for the eye and mind to wander in… I especially love the image of the doors appearing “as if sailed”! Your collage captures that motion somehow.

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  22. melaniereynolds says :

    Oooh, I really love the interior collage! I have a lot of dreams where I discover a door in my current home or a previous home that leads me to a whole other place. In one I went through my crawlspace door and found myself in a beautiful, wood-paneled sailboat. That was one of my favorites! Sometimes they sent me to cold, dark, creepy places. I don’t like those ones and sometimes I wake up to find that my spouse has stolen all the blankets and that’s why I’m having a “cold” dream. Ha,ha,ha

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  23. ben Alexander says :


    I just wanna let you know that this week’s W3 prompt, hosted by our beloved Lesley, is now live!

    W3 Prompt #24: Wea’ve Written Weekly

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with 😀

    Much love,

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  24. ben Alexander says :

    Hi, Kerfe ❤

    I just wanna let you know that this week's W3 prompt, hosted by the lovely Sunra Rainz, is now live:

    W3 Prompt #25: Wea’ve Written Weekly

    Enjoy 🙂



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