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The door knows why it opens

03.12.19 Posted in today's words by

Simon Perchik’s most recent poem to appear here was “Pulling this bowl to your lips” (February 2019).

The door knows why it opens
and still you’re not used to it
could be a sound from the ’40s

gutting this radio
the way all skies darken
fill with distances

—you listen for the slow turn
the Earth never forgot
though a hidden crack

keeps the room from exploding
and costs you nothing
has already started its climb

spreads out—with both arms
you begin to crawl
and not yet an old love song.

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