Poetry by Michelle

The Door

Say death is just a door
that opens onto the next place
only it’s locked
and the guard stands there
impassive
unarmed, but for an impressive moustache
expecting you already know
how to get through
since this is something
you were supposed to figure out
in your lifetime.
You had years, after all.
What is your excuse
for arriving here
without the secret code?
How could you have wasted
all that time?
Everyone hopes the guard
will have mercy
and whisper the password to them
on the sly
until they see
he has no mouth.
— Michelle Barker, First Published in Tesseracts 14

Michelle Barker's books on Goodreads
Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii
ratings: 1 (avg rating 5.00)

The Beggar King The Beggar King
reviews: 8
ratings: 21 (avg rating 4.00)

Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories
reviews: 4
ratings: 15 (avg rating 4.07)

Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales
reviews: 4
ratings: 14 (avg rating 3.79)

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Inspiration

Queen Charlotte Wings

“You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”  – Rumi

Fireweed

“There are hundreds of ways
to kneel and kiss the ground.”
– Rumi

Canoe

“Waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel? Well, stride down there and light the damn
thing yourself!”  – Samantha O’Connor

Pipes

“Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time.”  – Brenda Ueland

Queen Charlottes

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it;
if you can dream it, you can become it.”
– William Arthur Ward

Water

“Every morning brings with it a hidden blessing.”
– Paul Coelho

Mountains

“And as to me, I know of nothing else but miracles.”
– Walt Whitman

Queen Charlottes

“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Queen Charlottes

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison

Sunflower

“Ever since happiness heard your name,
it has been running through the streets trying
to find you.” – Hafiz