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The Door to Nowhere - A Poem

Updated on October 13, 2022
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John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

The Door to Nowhere
The Door to Nowhere | Source

The Challenge

Well known fellow writer Bill Holland (billybuc) supplied the above image and issued the following challenge:

"Your prompt is a visual one. The picture above is the Door to Nowhere. Yes, you may use the picture with your essay/story. Also, as part of your prompt, you have to begin your challenge with the following sentence:

Was it really only yesterday?

The rules are….there are no other rules than the two I already mentioned. You can write poetry…you can write a short story….you can write free-flow verse… can write whatever you feel like writing, but you have to use the picture I have provided, and you must begin with the sentence I provided."


My Response

I really embrace the writing challenges issued by others. I find it a great way to be inspired and challenge my ability as a writer. For most of the recent challenges, I have written short fiction stories in response. Although I have been quite proud of my attempts I am still not as accomplished in that genre/niche as many other writers here.

There have been some amazing short stories written in response to this challenge by Bill, and I know it is not a competition, but although I feel I could have done a satisfactory job with some flash fiction I don't feel it would have been up to the high standard set already with this challenge. Therefore, I decided to fall back on what I know best and am most comfortable with..poetry. I hope you enjoy my poem "The Door to Nowhere."

Was it really only yesterday?
Was it really only yesterday? | Source

The Door to Nowhere - a poem

Was it really only yesterday -

That you looked at me with tear filled eyes,

And said your love had died?

Was it really only yesterday -

That you packed all your belongings,

Ignoring my futile protests?

Was it really only yesterday -

That all our dreams were shattered,

As you struggled with your bags?

Was it really only yesterday -

That you said you'd found another love,

And I was left all alone?

Was it really only yesterday -

That you were too embarrassed to be seen,

Deciding to use the fire escape?

Was it really only yesterday -

That you walked out that door -

The door to nowhere?

The Door to Nowhere again
The Door to Nowhere again | Source

© 2015 John Hansen


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