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The Door

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Using the first line of each of the first 4 verses, write your own poem imagining different things that could be outside a door you are asking someone to open. Think of surprising and unusual things as well as things we might expect to see. Read both your own poem and Miroslav Holub’s poem to someone else and talk with them about what images they find interesting in either poem.

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Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden,
or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye,
or the picture
of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if
nothing
is there,
go and open the door.

At least
there’ll be
a draught.

The Door

by Miroslav Holub