after the door was open
they had lived ajar and happy,
the fresh air stayed fresh
for a bit, but the house got stagnant
after the inhabitants were found out to be people
instead of eternal mysteries,
and its not as fun
when everything’s definite;
there should have been a mirror
in the foyer, that way
the space  would have doubled,
and she wouldn’t have been troubled
by the claustrophobic sense
that the walls were closing in around her;
and she wouldn’t have left,
or at least she would have seen
how upset her fading steps made him
because its so much more devastating
when they both know its the last door
but only one needs the breeze.

by Chris Cowan

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