Key and Gate

Key and gate.

I’m out the door
forgot my key
time is short
I’m late
but going nowhere
in this keyless state

Tonight the moon
phasing in again,
its back to utter reaches,
seems for a second
like a key or switch
that needs a turn or click
to open or start some thought
I don’t know what
but imminent nonetheless
behind the moon’s back,
beyond its silver latch
which will —I hope
not too late
open itself with itself
being in one both
key and gate
Jim Culleny


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