(A door in Zanzibar)
The blue door from ‘Notting Hill’ stuck
on the wall paper of my memory
The glue must be super-strong.
A rectangular passage into a special space.
Simple and warm, fun and messy,
Open and cozy with many possible cups of tea.
A refuge for troubled souls, a place for stories to unfold.
A semicircle of glass perched perfectly on top.
Long panes elegantly framing from top to toe.
The door sat in the centre like a king.
The slit of a smile in the middle welcomed guests
Like messages, notes, post and parcels in.
They said it was draught-proof.
Not too heavy, not too light.
The coir mat outside often had a black cat sprawled on it, claiming ownness.
A few yards away a waist high metal gate
sang a little note every time it opened
and another, every time it closed.
A flower basket dancing on one side
with pink and white petunias, ivy and pine,
grabbed a chunk of the sunshine.
Whatever the world threw at us,
The blue door made okay.
It took us in its fold of laughter, healing and trust.
One day one of us left and never came back.
The blue door waits and waits. So does the cat.