Before the Door

by | Jul 19, 2011 | Poetry

You just can’t believe your key

won’t open the front door anymore.

Determined to prove reality wrong,

you board a flight to Budapest

and walk wet streets in search of

a keyhole you’re convinced exists.

And when you find it on the side door

of the Nicolae Bakery, your wry heart,

rapt with vindication, laughs heartily.

The key works! It really works!

But you don’t enter. You don’t dare.

Time passes. The seasons alter.

The world gives birth to triplets.

People drop hot pennies into your hat.




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About The Author

Bill Yarrow

Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer (Lit Fest Press 2015), Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX 2012) and four chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including Poetry International, RHINO, Contrary,DIAGRAM, Confrontation, Altered Scale, Gargoyle, and PANK. He is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.