Ring 1FE (Thursday Doors)

sign in the window
says Ring 1FE—tempting,
full of promises

the lure of crystal
balls, lines written across palms–
your past, your future

yield to the lions,
passing through their golden fire–
stripped of illusion

gingerly we climb
with hope and fear, hand in hand–
seeking Lady Luck

The first thing that attracted me to this building was the brickwork, but the gold painted lions were hard to miss. As I crossed the street to get a closer look, the window on the right also drew my attention.

Hands in the window? Crystal balls, too, and other mysterious devices. Ring 1FE the sign said. For some reason this made me think of Joni Mitchell’s song “Roses Blue” on her Clouds album. Combined with the lions the invitation seemed both fated and ominous. I could see young Joni walking down this street in Chelsea and shivering a bit at the door behind which her friend Rose resided.

I continued on my way.

I’ve written a senryu chain for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, and you can always find a wide variety of doors here at Thursday Doors, hosted by Dan Antion.

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56 responses to “Ring 1FE (Thursday Doors)”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    The whole building is eye-catching but then that window of intrigue… I like the far away looking up photo, your chain of senryu match the chain of fire escape stairs. And while in the poem you climb the steps, I like the last seven syllables, intentional or not, “I continued on my way”. I was not familiar with that well paired Joni Mitchell song. Nice.

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  2. Dan Antion says :

    I enjoy the poetry you wrap around the doors you find. I love Joni Mitchell, and that’s a really good song to associate with that window. Well done!

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  3. SelmaMartin says :

    The whole building— gorgeous
    But those golden lions. Wow.

    Lovely Senryu. So cool of you. Blessings.

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  4. Liz Gauffreau says :

    I love how your senryu chain tells a story. I can see how the front of the building would have inspired it.

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  5. murisopsis says :

    I can only say “ditto” to what D. Avery has written!

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  6. merrildsmith says :

    The brickwork and the lions are definitely eye-catching, and the window is intriguing. A building full of mystery.
    Did you see that Joni Mitchell is getting honored by the Library of Congress?

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  7. Teresa says :

    Amazing brick work of the whole building and the entry is very attractive!

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  8. poetisatinta says :

    Love how this chain of senryūs reveals the story

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  9. yvettemcalleiro says :

    The unreachable Lady Luck! Great poem, Kerfe!

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

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  10. jazzytower says :

    When you said windows, I’m looking at that pattern on both sides of it. Then I noticed all the crystal etc. Really cool!


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  11. msjadeli says :

    If that doesn’t look like the beginning of an adventure I don’t know what does. The addition of the “fire escape stairs” makes me imagine a creature that flies in the night using it to go to and from the apartment. Very cool and mysterious building.

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  12. robertawrites235681907 says :

    HI Kerfe, an excellent chain of senryūs inspired by a lovely picture.

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  13. Brenda's Thoughts says :

    Very cool building with a lot of interesting detail!

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  14. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    This is stunning, Kerfe… I love the fortune tellers window and your reaction to the invitation. The lions are gorgeous… the entire series is fab!

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  15. dennyho says :

    We all should have a gold lion, or two, adorning our doors!

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  16. Elizabeth says :

    Lovely poem. The golden in the first photo is inviting to visit the building. It seems so warm indoors.

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  17. sunhesper says :

    So cool, the way this post came together! Somehow that window makes me think of “Bell, Book, and Candle” (the movie with Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart); it would fit right in. Speaking of fate, wherever you stand on that and luck, Happy Year of the Rabbit! May the ten thousand things go your way.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Sun. I don’t know that film, but anything with Kim Novak seems appropriate.

      I’ve been working on some rabbits, they will start to show up next week. A welcome change of atmosphere in my opinion.

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  18. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections says :

    Thanks for the elegant door. Love the music, which I listened to as I was responding to your comment at my end. 🙂

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  19. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    The building is superb and splendid. Your poem too is beautiful Marta

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author says :

    Beautiful doors and beautiful words to accompany them.

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  21. sustainabilitea says :

    Beautiful details!


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  22. ben Alexander says :

    I love how you transform your lived experiences into poetry, Kerfe ❤

    yield to the lions,
    passing through their golden fire–
    stripped of illusion



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  23. Gwen M. Plano says :

    Wow… doors, poetry, and Joni. Lovely! ❤️

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  24. Bela Johnson says :

    Beautiful, Kerfe. Mystery is always tempting … xo

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