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fear: an open door

by Charlie Morgan

the door haunts, it is ajar, inviting;
an invitation to bleed in my words;

an expression of deflation looms;
the keyboard-teeth bite my ego;

pieces too small to stand alone,
i shudder as i walk by and glance.

keep my soul closed when i pass-by.
a slight crack lets it out, loose.

my throat of thoughts choked, held in;
one letter needs to another; soon

i will be wordless; a form of non-existence.
please blow your words into an envelope:

mail it to me, keep the chain going. and
like Rita Hayworth, 'I want to Live !'

12/16/2010

Posted on 12/16/2010
Copyright © 2016 Charlie Morgan

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 12/16/10 at 04:58 PM

I've had these same thoughts, and your words are perfect!!

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 12/16/10 at 05:19 PM

You hit this one right on the nail's head. Love your words,Charlie. ~hugs

Posted by George Hoerner on 12/16/10 at 08:39 PM

Living is one thing, just existing is something else again. But you are right we all think about going on and on and on...

Posted by Glenn Currier on 12/18/10 at 07:30 PM

Yep, you DID hit the nail on the head. If I allowed my fear its seemingly inevitable conquest, I would not even approach the keyboard, much less allow it to chip away at me stroke by little stroke. Thanks, Chaz. I like this one.

Posted by Scott Utley on 12/21/10 at 08:21 PM

exquisite metamorphosis

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 12/24/10 at 02:00 PM

You had me at "the door haunts". But the nail was Rita Hayworth's movie from the late 50s? "I Want to Live". As a movie buff this did it and pushed this gem into my favorites!!

Posted by A. Reed on 02/16/11 at 02:32 PM

This was fantastic, well done.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/27/11 at 09:11 AM

The will to survive aptly conveyed, no matter whether a poet, civilian or actor...excellent way to close off with that Rita Hayworth stanza.

Posted by James Blaylock on 03/27/11 at 04:21 PM

Man, I was so enthralled with this piece! You have such a masterful touch and it shows through in all of your works, Charlie! I simple adored this stanza... an expression of deflation looms; the keyboard-teeth bite my ego; And I think as writers we all know the feeling of a keyboard biting hard and deep into our tender egos! What thieves! What goons! What ghouls! What gives? But we learn where the lines are and straddle the fence accordingly. lol

Posted by Lori Blair on 10/15/11 at 06:47 PM

I am so glad I didn't miss this piece..this is wonderful..and I truly can relate! Brilliant indeed!

Posted by Gail Wolper on 12/07/12 at 04:02 PM

Oh this is great! Rich with all kinds of possibilities!

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