4-23 Doorjam Shadow

Doorjamb Shadow


Gentle knocks are sounding

Outside the bolted door.

A guest has come, obliged to wait—

Never, never pounding.


(There is no door outside,

No key lock on the door.)

Each day the guest steps to the mat,

At the door’s great divide.


Unbolt and breach the door?

Or hope the guest will leave?

Who knows which meal will be the last?

Who hears the voice no more?