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Questions & Answers

by Chris Sorrenti

We ask the questions out loud
To ourselves...others
And they to us
All knowing full well
The answers are within

Dare we speak them aloud too?
For fear of what they
May or may not bring
As we walk together
Down a wide corridor
Some portions darkened
Others lit

The only certainty
The closed
But unlocked doors
On either side

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Author's Note: Title and opening piece to namesake collection.

Posted on 12/03/2005
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 12/03/05 at 06:46 PM

Contemplative...and I think Don is right, lot of pondering going on right now. You are right, do we want to know the answers. Nice write, Chris.

Posted by Sarah Graves on 12/03/05 at 10:53 PM

Interesting piece, we say we want answers.. but I think we only want the "correct" answers to appease us. And we only want to ask questions that pertain to our lives. Questions & Answers, a somewhat selfish device. Great read, Chris.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 12/04/05 at 12:52 AM

we seem to have a theme of illumination going on, lately on here. Pag's recent poem Santon one -man with a lantern, like a haibun, with haiku and verse, fits that theme too. There's a sense of suspense, frustration, limbo here I think, but hope and faith too. Well said.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 12/04/05 at 09:17 AM

Yeah, you seemed to have read my mental mail right at this point. Sometimes it's the answers that don't have the questions that are more confusing.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 12/05/05 at 12:16 AM

this poem very much agrees with me and my personality...sometimes i can be so bold with questions, but when it is a question i am afraid of the answer then...eh :)

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 12/05/05 at 01:15 AM

Universal to the human situation I think! Sometimes the questions are really irrelevant avoiding the real questions we need to be asking but are afraid to. The anwers indeed behind closed but unlocked doors. Striking imagery!

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 12/05/05 at 07:10 AM

awesome! this speaks beyond the words chris! excellent read.

Posted by Keith D Allison on 12/06/05 at 11:12 AM

Great imagery, It's speaks well.

Posted by Julie Adams on 12/06/05 at 09:36 PM

hey Chris, it has been a while, but wanted to check out some recent work of those I used to chat with...well done on this one--I felt like I was walking along the corridor with you...precisely succinct...all the best, jewels

Posted by Katerina T Nix on 12/07/05 at 10:00 AM

I used to ask lots of questions. Then I started getting lots of answers that I didn't like.... I'm as happily clueless as a 2 year old now :) Just kidding... or am I? (Get it, I just asked a question!) Great read, Chris. I enjoyed every word :) Kat

Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 12/07/05 at 06:11 PM

I like that..."closed but unlocked doors" All the answers are out there...

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 12/11/05 at 12:22 AM

Chris, the last eight lines of this poem are especially extremely fine to my eyes and ears, speaking from that "wide corridor" we all find ourselves in... I found those lines very moving! Excellent image and atmosphere.

Posted by Steven Kenworthy on 12/12/05 at 04:50 AM

in my opinion, the only time we turn our heads away from the answer is when we've lost confidence in our actions. the walls being reality though...a community of dreamers (poets) like this one is often likely to deny the response for the simple fact that it might destroy paradise. a heavy piece with so much truth. gracias.

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