The Door


 

blue door keys

 

Time by Adrienne Rich

Either you will
go through this door
or you will not go through.

If you go through
there is always the risk
of remembering your name.

Things look at you doubly
and you must look back
and let them happen.

If you do not go through
it is possible
to live worthily

to maintain your attitudes
to hold your position
to die bravely

but much will blind you
much will evade you
at what cost, who knows?

The door itself
makes no promises.
It is only a door.

Adrienne Rich from Collected Early Poems 1950-1970.

 

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