Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Form Follows Function"

This poem came out of the November 2, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from the_vulture, eseme, siege, and janetmiles.  It was sponsored by the_vulture.

Form Follows Function

The size and shape of a door
suggest its users --

the groaning dungeon door that confines its monsters,
the towering frost-giant door sliced into the side of a mountain,
the tiny rectangular fairy door hidden beneath a lintel,
the round green door of a hobbit-hole,
the triangular door carved to accomodate the spines of dragons,
the square stone door leading to the dwarven kingdom,
the shimmering rainbow veil of the wizard's Gate,
the starship door that irises open to admit aliens and ambassadors,
the misty, twisting throat of the wormhole that beckons to probes --

only the mind is more diverse, more malleable,
the first and final portal.

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